Robert Yelemaken, a 16-year-old high school student, was released on 18 August from the Manokwari District Police Station and police have dropped charges against him. However, 21-year-old university student Oni Wea is still in detention and has been charged with "incitement". Both students were given access to a lawyer on 14 August. However, Oni Wea has yet to receive medical treatment for the torture and other ill-treatment he suffered.
Both the students, activists from the pro-independence West Papua National Committee (Komite Nasional Papua Barat, KNPB), were arrested on 8 August in Manokwari district for painting pro-independence graffiti including calls for an independence referendum for Papua. They were tortured and otherwise ill-treated by the police during arrest and detention and were held in a prison cell at the Manokwari District Police Station. Police hit them on the face and head with a rifle butt and kicked them. Both were forced to roll in a sewer filled with dirty water and to drink paint. The beatings continued while they were in detention.
Amnesty International considers Oni Wea a prisoner of conscience. There has been no independent investigation into the students' allegations of torture and other ill-treatment.
Please write immediately in Indonesian, English or your own language:
Calling on the authorities to release Oni Wea immediately and unconditionally, as he has been arrested solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression
Urging them to ensure that Oni Wea has access to any medical treatment he may require
Calling on them to order immediately an effective and independent investigation into Oni Wea and Robert Yelemaken's allegations of torture and other ill-treatment, bring all those responsible to justice in fair trials and provide reparations to the victims