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Amnesty Int’l Highlights Plight of Papuan Prisoner

August 23, 2011

The Jakarta Post [web site]
August 22, 2011

London-based Rights Group Highlights Plight of Papuan Prisoner

Amnesty International, a London-based human rights group, put the
plight of Papuan political prisoner, Kimanus Wenda, under the
spotlight in a recent statement.

According to Amnesty, Kimanus is suffering from a stomach tumor and
“is in urgent need of medical care”.

“He has a tumor in his stomach and is constantly vomiting,” according
to a press statement sent by Amnesty to The Jakarta Post over the
weekend.

The doctors at Nabire prison – where he is detained — have confirmed
that Kimanus needs an operation. However, Kimanus needs to be
transferred to Jayapura because Nabire lacks the necessary medical
facilities.

“His family and lawyer have requested that he be transferred to
Jayapura, but the Nabire prison authorities have refused to cover the
costs of his transportation and medical treatment,” the statement
read.

This is contrary to the government’s regulation on prisoners’ rights,
which outlines that all medical costs for the treatment of a prisoner
at a hospital will be covered by the state.

Amnesty also pointed out that this was not the first time Kimanus has
suffered from ill-treatment “in detention in the past”. He was
“ill-treated” by military officers during his arrest and interrogation
in April 2003.

“On the 25th May 2011, Kimanus Wenda was beaten by prison guards after
he and another political prisoner, Linus Heluka, attempted to file a
complaint about a prison officer, who had insulted a Papuan prisoner,”
Amnesty wrote.

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