27/05/2020: Indonesian authorities have now released all six activists, with Arina Lokbere being released today. On 26 May – Paulus Surya Anta Ginting, Charles Kossay, Ambrosius Mulait, and Dano Anes Tabuni – were released. Isay Wenda was released on 24 April. These six activists should never have been imprisoned in the first place. Thank you to the almost 9,000 Amnesty supporters in Australia who sent emails calling for their release.
Indonesia has detained and charged six people with ‘rebellion’ after they peacefully expressed their support for West Papua’s right to self-determination.
Jakarta police arrested Dano (Anes) Tabuni, Carles Kosay, Ambrosius Mulait, Isay Wenda, Arina Lokbere, and Surya Anta Ginting at the end of August.
The peaceful activists are being held in separate cells and are reportedly experiencing hallucinations and depression. The authorities are only allowing them access to their families and lawyers twice a week for two hours each.
Surya Anta Ginting is the first non-Papuan Indonesian ever charged with ‘rebellion’ for West Papua’s cause. He has been isolated in a poorly ventilated cell, causing trouble sleeping. His right ear is so badly infected that he’s experiencing intermittent deafness. Dano Tabuni, Ambrosius Mulait, and Isay Wenda are also sick.
The six activists are prisoners of conscience, as they have been detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression and assembly.
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