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Urgent Action Update: Four Papuan Activists Released But Still Charged (Indonesia: UA 35/17)

Urgent Action
February 10, 2017

Hiskia Meage, Emanuel Ukago, Panus Hesegem and William Wim, detained for peaceful political demonstrations on 19 December 2016 in Manado, North Sulawesi, have been released by the police. They are still being charged with rebellion (makar) and could face life imprisonment.

Hiskia Meage, Emanuel Ukago, Panus Hesegem and William Wim, members of a pro-Papuan independence organization, the West Papuan National Committee (KNPB), were released on 28 January 2017 by the North Sulawesi Regional Police Force (Polda) according to their new legal advisor. While they were detained, there was miscommunication between them and their previous lawyer, therefore their release was not made known to Amnesty International. They are unable to travel and have been ordered by police to remain in Manado, North Sulawesi. They are still being charged with “rebellion” (makar) and could face life imprisonment.
 
The four men were among at least 528 people, including children, arrested on 19 December 2016 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 and peaceful assembly. Many of those arrested are charged with “rebellion” (makar) under Articles 106 and 110 of Indonesia’s Criminal Code (crimes against the security of the state). 

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
  • Drop the charges against Hiskia Meage, Emanuel Ukago, Panus Hesegem and William Wim as they have been criminalised solely for the peaceful exercise of their human right to freedom of expression;
  • Stop evoking vague and overbroad legislation to arrest, prosecute and punish persons for peacefully exercising their human rights.
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Contact these two officials by 22 March, 2017:
North Sulawesi Regional Head of Police
Irjen Bambang Waskito    
North Sulawesi Regional Police Headquarters
Jl. Bethesda No. 62, Manado
North Sulawesi    
Indonesia    
Fax: +62 (0)431 841998
Salutation: Dear Inspector General
 
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