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ETAN ALERT: Call Congress on Papuan prisoner Filep Karma, Deadline extended

August 8, 2011

Action ALERT

Call Congress concerning Papuan prisoner Filep Karma

Representatives Joe Pitts and Jim Moran are circulating a letter to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia concerning the case of political prisoner Filep Karma, a prominent Papuan advocate of self-determination. Karma has been serving a 15-year sentence for raising the Papuan Morning Star flag at a peaceful political rally in 2004. Karma is designated a Prisoner of Conscience by Amnesty International for his nonviolent advocacy.

This bi-partisan initiative is currently circulating in the House of Representative. Please call your Representative this week and urge him or her to sign the letter. The draft text is below.

Call the Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121. Ask for your congressperson’s foreign policy aide. Ask that your representative sign on to Representative Joseph Pitt’s and Jim Moran’s letter to Indonesia’s President concerning the case of prisoner of conscience Filep Karma. Urge them to support human rights and the rule of law in Indonesia. Offer to e-mail them a copy of the letter. Tell them that if your Representative wishes to sign, she or he should contact Carson Middleton 52411 in the office of Rep Pitts. The deadline is Friday, August 12.

If necessary leave a detailed message. If you have trouble getting through by phone send an e-mail to the office, but be sure to follow up with a call.

Thank you for your support.

To find out who your representative is go to

Signers so far include: Reps. Pitts (R-PA), Moran (D-VA), Baldwin (D-WI), Dogget (D-TX), Faleomavaega (D-AS), Farr (D-CA), Filner (D-CA), Hinchey (D-NY), Honda (D-CA), Maloney (D-NY), McDermott (D-CA), McGovern (D-MA), Pingree (D-ME), Rohrabacher (R-CA), Rothman (D-NJ), Schakowsky (D-IL), Shuler (NC), Wolf (R-VA).

If your congressperson has already signed be sure to thank them.

The letter is an initiative of Freedom Now, who represent Karma pro-bono. Please let us know the results of your call.

Background on Filep Karma and his case can be found here from Freedom Now and here from Amnesty International. Background on Indonesia’s political prisoners, Prosecuting Political Aspiration Indonesia’s Political Prisoners, can be found here.

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