06/23/2020

Urgent Action: 7 Papuan Activist Jailed for Anti-Racism Protest (Indonesia: UA 100.20)


On 17 June 2020, seven Papuan activists were convicted of treason (makar) and sentenced to between ten and 11 months in prison for their role in an anti-racism demonstration in August 2019. Imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising their human rights to expression and peaceful assembly, they are considered prisoners of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released.

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Ir. H. Joko Widodo
President Republic of Indonesia
State Secretariat
Jl. Veteran No. 17-18
Kota Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta
Indonesia (10110)
Twitter: @jokowi
Ambassador Mahendra Siregar
Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
2020 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036
Phone: 202 775 5200
Twitter: @KBRIWashDC
Facebook: @KBRIWashDC
Instagram: @kbriwashdc
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Mr. President,

I am writing to express my concern about Ferry Kombo, Alexander Gobai, Agus Kossay, Stevanus Itlay, Hengki Hilapok, Buchtar Tabuni and Irwanus Uropmabin who were arrested last year for their participation in a peaceful anti-racism protest in Jayapura in August 2019.

Charged under article 106 of the Criminal Code, the Balikpapan District Court sentenced them to between ten and 11 months of imprisonment. I find it alarming to learn that the Indonesian authorities have consistently used the overly vague offense of treason (makar) to prosecute dozens of peaceful pro-independence political activists over the last decade.

The seven Papuan activists are considered prisoners of conscience, as they have been detained solely for peacefully exercising their human rights to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly. During this COVID-19 pandemic, their health and lives are at risk since the prison is full and access to health treatment is limited. They should not stay even a single night behind bars.

I urge you to immediately and unconditionally release Ferry Kombo, Alexander Gobai, Agus Kossay, Stevanus Itlay, Hengki Hilapok, Buchtar Tabuni and Irwanus Uropmabin; pending their release, ensure that they are protected from torture and other ill-treatment and have regular access to their family members, access of medical care, and lawyers of their choice; and immediately and unconditionally release all prisoners of conscience who should not have been detained, charged with treason and imprisoned for solely peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly.

Yours sincerely,

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