Today’s letter in the Amnesty International’s Write for Rights Global Write-a-thon addressed the situation of Filep Karma, who was arrested in December 2004 for his participation in a peaceful flag-raising ceremony in Papua province of Indonesia. Karma is serving a 15-year sentence on charges of treason. Amnesty International considers him to be prisoner of conscience and is calling for his immediate and unconditional release.
My letter asked Amir Syamsuddin, Indonesia’s Minister of Justice and Human Rights to release Filep Karma and to make a public commitment that there will be no further arrests of individuals purely for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression, assembly, or association. It included a request that the Minister ensures that laws concerning “rebellion” (Articles 106 and 110 of the Criminal Code) are not used against people who have engaged only in peaceful activities. The request was rooted in the right to freedom of expression includes the right to peacefully advocate referenda, independence, or other political solutions.
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See you along the Trail.
- UN Declares Indonesia’s Detention Of Filep Karma A Violation Of International Law, Calls For Immediate Release (westpapuamedia.info)
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- Words can save lives (graybeardtrail.wordpress.com)
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