Urgent Action Update: Activists Released But Still Charged With Rebellion (UA 289/16: Indonesia)

Urgent Action
January 13, 2017
Hosea Yeimo and Ismael Alua, detained on 19 December for peaceful political demonstrations, have been released by the police. They are still being charged with rebellion (makar) and could face up to life imprisonment.
Hosea Yeimo and Ismael Alua, members of a pro-Papuan independence organization, KNPB (the West Papuan National Committee), were released on 11 January by the Papuan Provincial Police Force (Polda Papua) according to their lawyer. They are unable to travel and have been ordered by police to remain in Jayapura city, capital of Papua Province. Both are still being charged with “rebellion” (makar) and could face up to life imprisonment.
Hosea Yeimo and Ismael Alua were among at least 528 people, including children, arrested on 19 December following simultaneous peaceful political activities in many cities across Indonesia. Most people were released the following day without charge.
Legislation in Indonesia continues to be used to criminalize peaceful political activities and to imprison people solely for the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and opinion, peaceful assembly conscience and religion. Many of those arrested are charged with “rebellion” (makar) under Articles 106 and 110 (crimes against the security of the state) of Indonesia’s Criminal Code.
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
  • Urging the authorities to drop the charges against Hosea Yeimo and Ismael Alua as they have been criminalised solely for the peaceful exercise of their human right to freedom of expression;
  • Calling on them to stop evoking vague and overbroad legislation to arrest, prosecute and punish persons for peacefully exercising their human rights.
Contact these two officials by 24 February, 2017:
Papua Regional Head of Police
Irjen Paulus Waterpauw
Papua Regional Police Headquarters
Jl. Sam Ratulangi No. 8
Jayapura, Papua
Fax: +62 96 753 3763
Salutation: Dear Inspector General
Ambassador Budi Bowoleksono
Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
2020 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036
T: 202.775.5200 | F: 202.775.5365 
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
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