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June 2014 Report – Papuans Behind Bars

July 14, 2014

June 2014: New Ormas Law used to back police repression in Papua

In brief

At the end of June 2014, there were at least 76 political prisoners in Papuan jails.

The West Papua National Committee (Komite Nasional Papua Barat, KNPB), a Papuan pro-independence activist organisation, was heavily targeted by Indonesian security forces this month. There were at least 24 arrests of KNPB members across Papua in Boven Digoel, Timika and Merauke. Police performed a mass arrest of 20 KNPB members in Boven Digoel under the auspices of the Social Organisations Law (RUU Organisasi Kemasyarakatan, RUU Ormas), claiming that the KNPB was an illegal organisation as it was not registered with the Department of National Unity and Politics (Kesatuan Bangsa dan Politik, Kesbangpol). The police also stated that any KNPB attributes such as flags and symbols were thus also considered illegal. The use of the Ormas Law to de-legitimise and control indigenous civil society groups, especially ahead of planned demonstrations or commemorative events, continues to place unacceptable limitations on freedom of assembly and expression in Papua.

The timing of crackdowns on KNPB members this month suggests that Indonesian authorities used arrests and raids to prevent activists holding events commemorating 1 July, a date Papuans consider to be their national day. There was also an election-related political arrest, following a common pattern during election periods in Papua, where pro-independence activists call for election boycotts, and are subsequently arrested. This month in Merauke, police arrested one activist and surrounded the KNPB Secretariat, claiming that the activists planned a socialisation event to boycott the 2014 Indonesian Presidential elections on 9 July 2014. Papuans Behind Bars has documented similar arrests in Bokondini in 2004 and in Nabire in 2009.

Meanwhile in the Netherlands, Iskandar Bwefar, a Dutch Papuan, was arrested in the Hague for peacefully waving a Morning Star flag during a procession celebrating Dutch Veterans Day. Dutch civil society groups reported that the flag, a symbol of Papuan identity, was banned from the parade procession by the Dutch House of Representatives following pressure from the Indonesian authorities. This arrest echoes that of three Papua New Guinea nationals in December 2013 when the Morning Star flag was raised during an event in Port Moresby. The willingness of foreign governments to legitimise the criminalisation of the Morning Star symbol, in contravention of international law and reports and opinions issued by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, is of particular concern. At a broad level, this development indicates that Indonesia is becoming increasingly pro-active in its efforts to quash support for Papuan independence among exile communities.

Arrests

Twenty KNPB members arrested in Boven Digoel police raid

According to local activists, on 28 June 2014, 20 activists from the West Papua National Committee (Komite Nasional Papua Barat, KNPB) were arrested at their Secretariat in Boven Digoel. Around 50 Boven Digoel Regional police reportedly searched the KNPB Secretariat and damaged items such as pro-independence posters and KNPB flags. Police also confiscated several items including five handphones, a digital camera, KNPB flags, banners and money from the Secretariat, all of which were not returned. The 20 activists have since been released.

On 30 June, Natalis Guyop, the Head of KNPB Boven Digoel, along with other KNPB members visited the Boven Digoel Regional police station to demand an explanation for the police raid. The Head of Boven Digoel Regional police, Iswan Tato, reportedly told the activists that police raided the Secretariat because of an incident when the KNPB flag was raised in front of the Secretariat. He further explained that this was in accordance with national regulations stating that any organisations not registered with the Department of National Unity and Politics (Kesatuan Bangsa dan Politik, Kesbangpol) were considered illegal and therefore any of their attributes such as flags were also banned. The regulation in question is set out in the Social Organisations Law (RUU Organisasi Kemasyarakatan, RUU Ormas). Tato allegedly went on to threaten the activists, stating that police would forcibly disperse any KNPB activities and shoot to kill or arrest any KNPB activists. The KNPB in Boven Digoel has stated that they expect continued police surveillance.

Two detained in Yahukimo due to dissenting political beliefs

A report received from a local human rights investigator detailed recent arbitrary arrests of three men in Yahukimo, two of whom remain behind bars. On 21 May 2014, a group of around 30 Yahukimo regional police stopped and questioned human rights activist Lendeng Omu regarding his affiliations with the KNPB. He was severely beaten, kicked and struck with rifle butts before being arrested and detained in Yahukimo Regional police station. Upon hearing of this incident, local villagers reacted by burning down a police post on Halabok Road in Yahukimo.

The report alleges that on 4 June, without any credible basis, the Head of the Yali tribe in Yahukimo, Alapia Yalak, was arrested for this act of arson. According to eyewitnesses who were present at the time of his arrest, Yalak and another unnamed young man were arrested at around 22:30 Papua time in Yalak’s home in Yahukimo. Yalak and a group of friends were playing cards when around 20 members of a joint military and police task force forcibly entered his home, while around 30 security personnel surrounded Yalak’s home. The security forces were reported to have arrived in 16 vehicles and had released seven warning shots to intimidate the men. Yalak was dragged outside his home while the rest of the people present were threatened at gunpoint and forced to raise their hands in surrender. One of his friends, a young man who was asleep in the kitchen, had heard the commotion in the front room where the security forces entered, and attempted to escape through the back door. He was caught by police who were guarding the back of the house and subsequently arrested. He was released a few hours later.

According to this young man’s account, Yalak and he suffered cruel and degrading treatment at the hands of the security forces on their way to Yahukimo Regional police station. The two men were severely beaten and intimidated. On reaching the police station, police then reportedly forced the two men to remove all their clothes, whereupon 30 police officers allegedly took turns beating them. They were then made to crawl naked into the holding cell.

The next day, a group of local villagers demonstrated in front of Yahukimo Regional police station, demanding for the immediate release of Yalak and Omu. Yalak was transferred to Papua Police Headquarters (Polisi Daerah Papua, Polda) in Jayapura to undergo further investigation.

Information provided in the report strongly suggests that Yalak was arrested due to his political beliefs and support for Papuan independence. In 2009, as the Head of the Yali tribe in Yahukimo, he was invited to attend a meeting organised by the Indigenous People’s Body (Lembaga Masyarakat Adat, LMA), at which tribal leaders from around Papua discussed the issue of Special Autonomy with government officials. According to an account by Yalak, as elaborated in the report, tribal leaders were allegedly offered bribes by government officials in exchange for convincing their respective tribes to support Special Autonomy. Yalak was allegedly offered a bribe of IDR 50,000,000 or USD 4,200 by Yahukimo Regent Ones Pahabol. Pahabol has faced repeated accusations of corruption, most recently for embezzling state funds meant for university students in 2013. The tribal leaders were reportedly told, “If you say you want independence, you will not receive any money. If you support Special Autonomy, you will receive money.” Yalak reportedly responded that he refused to be cheated and bribed like his ancestors were in the 60s, and that his community wanted independence instead.

It remains unclear what charges Yalak and Omu face and whether they have any legal representation.

Three KNPB Timika activists detained overnight

Local human rights sources reported the arrest of three KNPB activists on 30 June 2014 in Timika. The three activists – Elon Airabun, Leo Wusei and Joni Korwa – were arrested during their night shift guarding the KNPB Timika secretariat. Activists report that no reason was provided for their arrest, although local sources report that the likely purpose of the arrests was to intimidate KNPB members into not holding events the following day celebrating 1 July, a date widely considered by Papuans to be their national day. The three men were released without charge the following day.

KNPB Merauke activist detained, Secretariat surrounded

Local activists reported that on 18 June 2014, police and Brimob officers surrounded the KNPB Secretariat in Merauke, questioning and turning away activists who attempted to enter the building. Simon Apay, an activist with KNPB Merauke was arrested and interrogated in Merauke Regional police station for half an hour before being released. According to local sources, the Head of the Regional Police Intelligence in Merauke stated that police surrounded the Secretariat as they had received information regarding a socialisation event organised by the KNPB and the People’s Local Parliament (Parlemen Rakyat Daerah, PRD) regarding a boycott of the 2014 Indonesian Presidential Elections. Local activists denied the planning of such an event.

Last month two KNPB activists, Ferdinandus Blagaize and Selestinus Blagaize, were arrested for possession of a referendum-related document and books on Papuan history that were intended for a socialisation event in their home village of Okaba. The two men remain in detention in Okaba District police station and the charges they face are unknown.

Releases

Ferdinand Pakage released

Information received from local human rights sources reported the release of Ferdinand Pakage from Abepura prison on 16 June. On 16 March 2006, Pakage was arrested under accusations of involvement in an anti-Freeport demonstration that led to clashes with the police, resulting in the death of one police officer. A total of 23 people were charged in relation to this incident, with Pakage and Luis Gedi receiving the most serious charges. Pakage was forced to confess to involvement in the incident under torture in detention, even though he was not involved in the demonstration. He was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment after an unfair trial where judges considered statements made under torture and defendants were forced to testify against one another. Defendants were threatened and beaten by Brimob members if they rejected indictments. As a result of severe beating by prison guards in Abepura prison in 2008, Pakage lost eyesight in his right eye, and continues to suffer pain and headaches. Repeated attempts by local NGOs to secure access for medical treatment have been unsuccessful throughout the last six years.

August Kraar released

According to information from a local human rights investigator, on 21 June 2014, August Kraar was released from Abepura prison. He was arrested alongside Dominikus Surabut, Forkorus Yaboisembut, Edison Waromi and Gat Wenda during the Third Papuan Peoples’ Congress on 19 October 2011. Selpius Bobii, the Chairman of the Congress, later surrendered to the police. Kraar was charged under Articles 106 and 110 for conspiracy to commit treason and Article 160 for public incitement to commit violence against the authorities. The Congress was attended by more than 4,000 Papuans and was a peaceful event at which the Morning Star flag was raised. It was heavily surrounded by 2,200 members of the Indonesian military and Brimob, on foot and in tanks. The remaining five detainees are expected to be released in late July.

Samuel Womsiwor released

Human rights lawyers have reported the release of Samuel Womsiwor three weeks after his detention on 15 May 2014. His release was secured by Cenderawasih University (Universitas Cenderawasih, UNCEN) authorities, who had pushed for his arrest in the first place. Womsiwor is part of a critical student collective who has been targeted for arrest, harassment and intimidation in the past several months.

Political trials and cases overview

Student demonstrator sentenced to six months’ imprisonment

On 11 June 2014, Kristianus Delgion Madai was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment by the Jayapura District Court under Emergency Law 12/1951 for reportedly smuggling eight 8.4mm calibre bullets from Jakarta to Nabire. Human rights lawyers have previously voiced their concern regarding his detention, stating that Madai had been targeted by the authorities as he was active in student demonstrations in Jakarta concerning Papuan issues. He is expected to be released at the end of July or in early August.

Deber Enumby still not given legal representation

A local human rights source reported that Deber Enumby, who was arrested in Kurilik village in Puncak Jaya on 4 January 2014 and is currently detained in Papua Police Headquarters, is still without legal representation. He was arrested following the theft of eight firearms from the Kurilik police post by suspected members of the National Liberation Army / Free Papua Movement (Tentara Pembebasan Nasional, TPN / Organisasi Papua Merdeka, OPM). He was charged with Emergency Law 12/1951 and potentially faces the death penalty, according to Papua police.

Trial for 11 men detained in 26 November arrests delayed

Information from human rights lawyers representing the 11 detainees arrested on 26 November 2013, reported that their trial has been fraught with delays. The men are charged with violence against property and persons under Article 170 of the Indonesian Criminal Code. They were accused of taking part in a demonstration on the day of their arrest which resulted in clashes with security forces. However, they state that they were in no way involved in the demonstrations. There have been no hearings for almost two months, and the legal limit of their detention ends on 30 July 2014.

Cases of concern

Dutch Papuan arrested for carrying Morning Star flag in Netherlands

On 28 June, Iskandar Bwefar, a Dutch Papuan, was arrested in the Hague, Netherlands, for waving a Morning Star flag during a parade commemorating Dutch Veterans Day. According to an interview with Bwefar on the Dutch news site Omroep West, he was pushed to the ground by five police officers within seconds of waving the Morning Star flag while observing the parade. When he tried to protest, a police officer stuffed his mouth with the flag. Bwefar was detained for several hours before being released. He was officially charged with breaching public order and fined €100.

A few days before Dutch Veterans Day, the Dutch House of Representatives agreed that Morning Star flags were not to be carried in the procession and could only be carried outside of the procession and on the Malieveld, the field where the procession took place. A Dutch NGO reported that there are strong indications that the ban was a result of Indonesian pressure. Similar arrests took place on 1 December 2013, where three Papua New Guineans were arrested in Port Moresby for their involvement in a Morning Star flag-raising ceremony. Governor Powes Parkop had told the Guardian Australia that the three men were targeted “due to undue pressure from the Indonesian government.”

News

Deterioration of freedom of expression in Papua highlighted at UN Human Rights Council

Franciscans International, the International Coalition for Papua (ICP), TAPOL, the Asian Legal Resource Centre, Pro Papua Foundation, Vivat International and the West Papua Netzwerk highlighted the deterioration of freedom of expression in Papua during the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. On 11 June 2014, the coalition delivered an oral statement at the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Special Rapporteur on Peaceful Assembly and Association, revealing data showing that political arrests had doubled and reported cases of torture and ill-treatment had quadrupled in 2013 compared to the previous year. On 12 June, a side event was held discussing freedom of expression in West Papua. Panellists spoke on media freedom, torture, political prisoners and the lack of free access to Papua.

Note regarding removal of three detainees from the list of political prisoners

In our last update, we removed three detainees – Yahya Bonay, Astro Kaaba and Hans Arrongear – from the list of political prisoners. Papuans Behind Bars has been unable to obtain any information regarding the three men for more than a year and it is possible that they have been released. However, we will continue to report on their case should any new information come to light.

June 2014 Papuan political prisoners

Prisoner Arrested Charges Sentence Case Accused of violence? Concerns reported re legal process? Prison / Place of detention
1 Alapia Yalak 4 June 2014 Unknown Police investigation pending Yahukimo arrests Yes Yes Papua Police Headquarters
2 Ferdinandus Blagaize 24 May 2014 Unknown Police investigation pending Merauke KNPB arrests No Uncertain Okaba District police station
3 Selestinus Blagaize 24 May 2014 Unknown Police investigation pending Merauke KNPB arrests No Uncertain Okaba District police station
4 Lendeng Omu 21 May 2014 Unknown Police investigation pending Yahukimo arrests Uncertain Yes Yahukimo Regional police station
5 Otis Waropen 2 March 2014 Unknown Police investigation pending Nabire civilian accused of being OPM Uncertain Uncertain Nabire
6 Kristianus Delgion Madai 3 February 2014 Emergency Law 12/1951 6 months Sentani weapons smuggling arrests Yes No Jayapura police detention
7 Jemi Yermias Kapanai 1 February 2014 Articles 106, 108, 110 and Emergency Law 12/1951 Awaiting trial Sasawa military raid arrests Yes Yes Sorong
8 Septinus Wonawoai 1 February 2014 Articles 106, 108, 110 and Emergency Law 12/1951 Awaiting trial Sasawa military raid arrests Yes Yes Sorong
9 Rudi Otis Barangkea 1 February 2014 Articles 106, 108, 110 and Emergency Law 12/1951 Awaiting trial Sasawa military raid arrests Yes Yes Sorong
10 Kornelius Woniana 1 February 2014 Articles 106, 108, 110 and Emergency Law 12/1951 Awaiting trial Sasawa military raid arrests Yes Yes Sorong
11 Peneas Reri 1 February 2014 Articles 106, 108, 110 and Emergency Law 12/1951 Awaiting trial Sasawa military raid arrests Yes Yes Sorong
12 Salmon Windesi 1 February 2014 Articles 106, 108, 110 and Emergency Law 12/1951 Awaiting trial Sasawa military raid arrests Yes Yes Sorong
13 Obeth Kayoi 1 February 2014 Articles 106, 108, 110 and Emergency Law 12/1951 Awaiting trial Sasawa military raid arrests Yes Yes Sorong
14 Yenite Morib 26 January 2014 Unknown Police investigation pending Dondobaga church arrests Yes Yes Puncak Jaya regional police station
15 Tiragud Enumby 26 January 2014 Unknown Police investigation pending Dondobaga church arrests Yes Yes Puncak Jaya regional police station
16 Deber Enumby 4 January 2014 Emergency Law 12/1951 Police investigation pending Kurilik firearms arrests Yes Yes Papua Police Headquarters
17 Soleman Fonataba 17 December 2013 106, 110)1, 53, 55 Awaiting trial Sarmi 2013 Morning Star flag arrests No / not yet clear No Sarmi police detention
18 Edison Werimon 13 December 2013 106, 110)1, 53, 55 Awaiting trial Sarmi 2013 Morning Star flag arrests No / not yet clear No Sarmi police detention
19 Pendius Tabuni 26 November 2013 170)1,170)2 (3), 351)1 On trial Demonstration in support of FWPC PNG office arrests Yes Yes Abepura
20 Muli Hisage 26 November 2013 170)1,170)2 (3), 351)1 On trial Demonstration in support of FWPC PNG office arrests Yes Yes Abepura
21 Karmil Murib 26 November 2013 170)1,170)2 (3), 351)1 On trial Demonstration in support of FWPC PNG office arrests Yes Yes Abepura
22 Tomius Mul 26 November 2013 170)1,170)2 (3), 351)1 On trial Demonstration in support of FWPC PNG office arrests Yes Yes Abepura
23 Nius Lepi 26 November 2013 170)1,170)2 (3), 351)1 On trial Demonstration in support of FWPC PNG office arrests Yes Yes Abepura
24 Tinus Meage 26 November 2013 170)1,170)2 (3), 351)1 On trial Demonstration in support of FWPC PNG office arrests Yes Yes Abepura
25 Mathius Habel 26 November 2013 170)1,170)2 (3) On trial Demonstration in support of FWPC PNG office arrests Yes Yes Abepura
26 Agus Togoti 26 November 2013 170)1,170)2 (3) On trial Demonstration in support of FWPC PNG office arrests Yes Yes Abepura
27 Natan Kogoya 26 November 2013 170)1,170)2 (3), 351)1 On trial Demonstration in support of FWPC PNG office arrests Yes Yes Abepura
28 Nikolai Waisal 26 November 2013 170)1,170)2 (3), 351)1 On trial Demonstration in support of FWPC PNG office arrests Yes Yes Abepura
29 Penius Tabuni 26 November 2013 170)1,170)2 (3), 351)1 5 months Demonstration in support of FWPC PNG office arrests Yes Yes Abepura
30 Piethein Manggaprouw 19 October 2013 106, 110 2 years Third Papuan Congress demo in Biak No Yes Biak Regional police station
31 Apolos Sewa* 28 August 2013 106, 110 Under investigation Freedom Flotilla arrests in Sorong No Yes On bail
32 Yohanis Goram Gaman* 28 August 2013 106, 110 Under investigation Freedom Flotilla arrests in Sorong No Yes On bail
33 Amandus Mirino* 28 August 2013 106, 110 Under investigation Freedom Flotilla arrests in Sorong No Yes On bail
34 Samuel Klasjok* 28 August 2013 106, 110 Under investigation Freedom Flotilla arrests in Sorong No Yes On bail
35 Stefanus Banal 19 May 2013 170 )1 1 year and 7 months Pegunungan Bintang police raid 2013 Yes Yes Abepura
36 Victor Yeimo 13 May 2013 160 3 years (handed down in 2009) 2009 demo; 13 May Jayapura demo No Yes Abepura
37 Oktovianus Warnares 1 May 2013 106, 110, Emergency Law 12/1951 5 years Biak flag-raising, 1 May commemoration Yes Yes Biak
38 Yoseph Arwakon 1 May 2013 106, 110, Emergency Law 12/1951 2 years and 6 months Biak flag-raising, 1 May commemoration Yes Yes Biak
39 Markus Sawias 1 May 2013 106, 110, Emergency Law 12/1951 On trial Biak flag-raising, 1 May commemoration Yes Yes Biak
40 George Syors Simyapen 1 May 2013 106, 110, Emergency Law 12/1951 4.5 years Biak flag-raising, 1 May commemoration Yes Yes Biak
41 Jantje Wamaer 1 May 2013 106, 110, Emergency Law 12/1951 2.5 years Biak flag-raising, 1 May commemoration Yes Yes Biak
42 Domi Mom 1 May 2013 106, 110 8 months Timika flag-raising, 1 May commemoration No Yes Timika
43 Alfisu Wamang 1 May 2013 106, 110 8 months Timika flag-raising, 1 May commemoration No Yes Timika
44 Musa Elas 1 May 2013 106, 110 8 months Timika flag-raising, 1 May commemoration No Yes Timika
45 Eminus Waker 1 May 2013 106, 110 8 months Timika flag-raising, 1 May commemoration No Yes Timika
46 Yacob Onawame 1 May 2013 106, 110 8 months Timika flag-raising, 1 May commemoration No Yes Timika
47 Hengky Mangamis 30 April 2013 106, 107, 108, 110, 160 and 164 1 year and 6 months Aimas 1 May commemoration No Yes Sorong
48 Yordan Magablo 30 April

2013

106, 107, 108, 110, 160 and 164 1 year and 6 months Aimas 1 May commemoration No Yes Sorong
49 Obaja Kamesrar 30 April

2013

106, 107, 108, 110, 160 and 164 1 year and 6 months Aimas 1 May commemoration No Yes Sorong
50 Antonius Saruf 30 April

2013

106, 107, 108, 110, 160 and 164 1 year and 6 months Aimas 1 May commemoration No Yes Sorong
51 Obeth Kamesrar 30 April

2013

106, 107, 108, 110, 160 and 164 1 year and 6 months Aimas 1 May commemoration No Yes Sorong
52 Klemens Kodimko 30 April

2013

106, 107, 108, 110, 160 and 164 1 year and 6 months Aimas 1 May commemoration No Yes Sorong
53 Isak Klaibin 30 April

2013

106, 107, 108, 110, 160 and 164 3 years and 6 months Aimas 1 May commemoration No Yes Sorong
54 Yogor Telenggen 10 March 2013 340, 338, 170, 251, Emergency Law 12/1951 Awaiting trial Pirime shootings 2012 Yes Yes Wamena
55 Isak Demetouw (alias Alex Makabori) 3 March 2013 110; Article 2, Emergency Law 12/1951 2 years 2 months Sarmi treason No Yes Sarmi
56 Niko Sasomar 3 March 2013 110; Article 2, Emergency Law 12/1951 2 years 2 months Sarmi treason No Yes Sarmi
57 Sileman Teno 3 March 2013 110; Article 2, Emergency Law 12/1951 2 years 2 months Sarmi treason No Yes Sarmi
58 Jefri Wandikbo 7 June 2012 340, 56, Law 8/1981 8 years KNPB activist tortured in Jayapura Yes Yes Abepura
59 Timur Wakerkwa 1 May 2012 106 2.5 years 1 May demo and flag-raising No No Abepura
60 Darius Kogoya 1 May 2012 106 3 years 1 May demo and flag-raising No No Abepura
61 Selpius Bobii 20 October 2011 106 3 years Third Papua Congress No Yes Abepura
62 Forkorus Yaboisembut 19 October 2011 106 3 years Third Papua Congress No Yes Abepura
63 Edison Waromi 19 October 2011 106 3 years Third Papua Congress No Yes Abepura
64 Dominikus Surabut 19 October 2011 106 3 years Third Papua Congress No Yes Abepura
65 Wiki Meaga 20 November 2010 106 8 years Yalengga flag-raising No Yes Wamena
66 Oskar Hilago 20 November 2010 106 8 years Yalengga flag-raising No Yes Wamena
67 Meki Elosak 20 November 2010 106 8 years Yalengga flag-raising No Yes Wamena
68 Obed Kosay 20 November 2010 106 8 years Yalengga flag-raising No Yes Wamena
69 George Ariks 13 March 2009 106 5 years Unknown Unknown No Manokwari
70 Filep Karma 1 December 2004 106 15 years Abepura flag-raising 2004 No Yes Abepura
71 Yusanur Wenda 30 April 2004 106 17 years Wunin arrests Yes No Wamena
72 Linus Hiel Hiluka 27 May 2003 106 19 years and 10 months Wamena ammunition store raid Yes Yes Nabire
73 Kimanus Wenda 12 April 2003 106 19 years and 10 months Wamena ammunition store raid Yes Yes Nabire
74 Jefrai Murib 12 April 2003 106 Life Wamena ammunition store raid Yes Yes Abepura
75 Numbungga Telenggen 11 April 2003 106 Life Wamena ammunition store raid Yes Yes Biak
76 Apotnalogolik Lokobal 10 April 2003 106 20 years Wamena ammunition store raid Yes Yes Biak

* Apolos Sewa, Yohanis Goram Gaman, Amandus Mirino and Samuel Klasjok are currently facing charges of conspiracy to commit treason. Even though they were bailed a day after their arrest, they are currently undergoing investigation and are vulnerable to re-arrest. They are currently obliged to report to the police twice a week.

Papuans Behind Bars aims to provide accurate and transparent data, published in English and Indonesian, to facilitate direct support for prisoners and promote wider debate and campaigning in support of free expression in West Papua.

Papuans Behind Bars is a collective effort initiated by Papuan civil society groups working together as the Civil Society Coalition to Uphold Law and Human Rights in Papua. It is a grassroots initiative and represents a broad collaboration between lawyers, human rights groups, adat groups, activists, journalists and individuals in West Papua, as well as Jakarta-based NGOs and international solidarity groups.

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