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Amnesty urges government to investigate death of Papua rights activist Filep Karma

November 3, 2022

Amnesty urges government to investigate death of Papua rights activist

Filep Karma

VOI – November 1, 2022

Jakarta — Amnesty International Indonesia Executive Director Usman
Hamid is urging the government to investigate the cause of Filep Karma’s
death. The call was made after the Papua activist was found dead on Base
G Beach in Jayapura on Tuesday November 1.

"On the finding of the deceased body at the Base G Beach, Jayapura,
today, we are urging law enforcement officials and human rights groups
to investigate the cause of the deceased death", said Hamid in a press
release on Tuesday.

Hamid said that it is important that the investigation is able to
determine if there are indications of a crime or a human rights
violation, especially given that Karma was an activist who was very
vocal.

"Such an investigation is important to determine if there are
indications of a crime or human rights violation behind the death of the
deceased, because many activists who are vocal in Papua have been the
targets of violence", he said.

"Particularly bearing in mind the deceased actions as a leader in
defending the human rights of indigenous Papuans", added Hamid.

Furthermore, Hamid also expressed his condolences over the death of the
activist. Hamid said that Karma was a figure who was persistent in
calling for justice and peace on the Land of the Cendrawasih as Papua is
known.

"Today we mourn the passing of a figure, a Papuan defender of human
rights, who was known for being persistent in calling for justice and
peace in Papua. We covey our deepest condolences to the family", he
said.

As reported earlier, police have confirmed that Filep Karma was found
dead at the Base G Beach in Jayapura. His body has been evacuated to the
Jayapura public hospital.

When his body was found, Karma was wearing a blue diving suit. Police
are currently looking into the case while waiting for permission from
the family to conduct an autopsy.

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was
"Amnesty International Desak Pemerintah Selidiki Penyebab Kematian
Aktivis Papua Filep Karma".]

Source:
https://voi.id/en/news/223604/amnesty-international-desak-pemerintah-selidiki-penyebab-kematian-aktivis-papua-filep-karma

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