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November 1, 2022

Papuan ex-political prisoner Filep Karma found dead on Jayapura beach
By APR editor – November 1, 2022

Asia Pacific Report


Ex-political prisoner and Papuan human rights leader Filep Karma . . . a father figure to West Papuans who revered him. Image: Veronica Koman/Twitter

Human rights campaigner Filep Karma, the most famous West Papuan former political prisoner, was found dead early today on a beach in the Melanesian region’s capital Jayapura.

His death has shocked Papuans and the grassroots activist communities in Indonesia and around the Pacific.

“It is true that a body was found by a resident on the beach at Bse G, suspected to be Filep Karma, but to be sure, the police are still waiting for confirmation from his family,” North Jayapura police chief Police Adjunct Commissioner Yahya Rumra told Antara News.

The head of the Papuan Human Rights Commission, Frist Ramandey, confirmed Karma’s body had been found on the beach, reports CNN Indonesia.

However, he said his group was still investigating the circumstances of Karma’s death.

“He was a father figure for West Papuans and respected by many Indonesian people. He was gentle, loving, courageous, and full of wisdom,” said human rights lawyer Veronica Koman in a tweet………


2) Papuan activist dies in apparent diving incident in Jayapura
4:00 pm today

Filep Karma, the most prominent pro-independence Papuan activist to have been imprisoned in Indonesia has died in an apparent diving incident in Jayapura, Papua.
The head of the Papuan Human Rights Commission Frist Ramandey said his body was found on a beach in Jayapura on Tuesday morning.
However he said his party is still investigating Mr Karma’s death.
Filep Karma was a father figure for West Papuans and was respected by many Indonesian people.
He led the raising of the Morning Star flag in Biak in 1998 and was eventually imprisoned and released two years later.
In 2004, he again carried out a similar act and was accused of treason.
On this occasion he was jailed for 15 years but released in 2015.
– CNN Indonesia

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