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Papuan political prisoners

August 6, 2014

Statement by Yan Christian Warinussy, Executive Director of LP3BH

30 July 2014

At this moment when political changes are under way in Indonesia
as President-elect Joko Widodo and his deputy Drs Jusuf Kalla are soon
to be sworn in, and we are awaiting the results of of the challenge by
the opposing candidates, Prabowo and his deputy Drs Hatta Rajasa,

Indonesia is regarded as the third largest democratic country in
the world where a conflict still rages in the Land of Papua.

We wish to draw attention to the important issue of releasing all
the detained political prisoners as well as those who have already
been sentenced.

It is an urgent matter for the newly elected president and his
deputy to release all these prisoners. According to the most recent
information which was made available in June this year, there are 68
detainees and convicted prisoners who are being held simply because of
a difference of opinion and were tried under Articles 106. 108 and 110
of the Criminal Code.

There are others who are facing charges for inciting hatred and
using force as stipulated under Article 160 of the Criminal Code.

There are many prisoners, such as Filep Karma, Otis Waropen, Jemi
Yesmias Kapanai. Yenite Morib, Soleman Fonabeta, Pendius Tabuni,
Penius Tabuni, Natan Nagoya, Piet Hein Manggaprouw, Victor Yeimo,
Yosep Arwakan, Jantje Wamaar, Isak Klaibin and others who are being
held in police cells all round Papua, in Nabire, Abepura-Jayapura,
Sorong, Manokwari, Biak and Timika.

The Institute for Investigation, Observation and Development of the
Law (LP3BH), which is one of the many NGOs calling on the new
Indonesian Government to prioritise the unconditional release of Filep
Karma and his colleagues who have been charged and sentenced simply
for holding different opinions on political matters.

They should be giving the opportunity to join together and
formulate a policy for the introduction of political changes in the
Land of Papua, together with civil society organisations. They have
all been treated as ‘enemies’ or separatists. This is the case with
many organisations such as the PDP (Presidium Dewan Papua), the KNPP
(Komite Nasional Papuan Youth), ISPP, (Ikatan Solidaritas Perempuan
Papua), DAP (Dewan Papua Adat), WPNCL (West Papuan National Coalition
for Liberation, AMP (Aliansi Mahasiswa Papua), the KNPB, (National
Committee of West Papua), as well as the WPLO (West Papuan Liberation
Organisation).

This would enable the Papuan people to join together to build a
Land of Peace. a new Papua which would enable the newly elected
President and Deputy President to appoint a special minister charged
with helping the new Indonesian Government to formulate a new policy,
a new approach and a new strategy to resolve all the issues and
conflicts in the Land of Papua.

Peace!

[Translated by Carmel Budiardjo, with apologies for the slight delay.]

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