Please support freedom now for West Papua political prisoners
- Now is the time to Free West Papua political prisoners!
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Please support the appeal of Audryne Karma, daughter of West Papuan political prisoner Filep Karma that Indonesia President SBY instruct the government to immediately and unconditionally release all political prisoners in West Papua.
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Petition to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono by Audryne Karma
"Tomorrow Father will go to raise a flag and will make a brief speech in Abepura Trikora square. Both of you take care. If I am arrested by the police do not worry, do not visit Father at the police station. Just stay home and go to school as usual. The Lord Jesus protects us all."
Those were my father�s last words before he was arrested.
My name is Audryne Karma, the older daughter of Filep Karma, a Papuan political prisoner. My father is an alumnus of Universitas Sebelas Maret in Solo. He married mama, a Malay-Javanese in 1986. They have two children, me and, my younger sister Andrefina Karma.
In 1998 my father started advocating for the independence of West Papua from Indonesia through peaceful means. On 2 July, he led the pro-independence West Papua and raised the Morning Star flag in our original region, Biak, Papua. For three days the flag was displayed and Father made speeches. On July 6, the Indonesian military attacked the peaceful protesters. More than 100 protesters were killed, and several are still missing. My father was shot in both legs when he was praying at the scene. Indonesian authorities failed to conduct an in-depth investigation and have yet to acknowledge the �Biak Massacre� 15 years ago. My father was sentenced by the Indonesian court to 6 years in prison. However, two years later he was released when Gus Dur became president in 2000.
On December 1, 2004, my father and some friends gathered peacefully to commemorate the promised of independence for Papua, and the Morning Star was raised again. The police responded by beating and shooting the people who came. Approximately four people were injured, including my father. For this case, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges of "treason."
My father�s case received widespread attention from Indonesian and international human rights organizations. He is considered a prisoner of conscience because of his human rights activism on behalf of Papuans, who continue to experience discrimination, racism and persecution.
In September 2011, a UN delegation, the �Working Group on Arbitrary Detention,� investigated my father�s case and declared that he did not get a fair trial and that my father is a political prisoner. They urged the Indonesian government to immediately and unconditionally release my father. However, the government denied the existence of political prisoners in Indonesia until to date. My father�s case was further discussed in the Universal Periodic Review session of the United Nations in Geneva, in May 2012. Dozens of countries recommended release of political prisoners in Indonesia. Once again, the Indonesian government rejected the recommendation of the UN and denied the existence of political prisoners.
During his years in the Abepura prison in Jayapura West Papua, my father has several times suffered severe health problems, ranging from his weight dropping from 60 kilograms to 49 kilograms (132 pounds to108 pounds) due to poor sanitation and malnutrition in the prisons. He had severe prostate pain and chronic inflammation of the colon. We did not have much money for his medical expenses. The Indonesian government was not even willing to cover the cost of travel to a hospital and of the needed treatment. Nevertheless, many individuals and international organizations who sympathize with my father gave support to cover the costs if the Indonesian authorities allowed travel and treatment.
As the daughter of Filep Karma, I am saddened and disappointed at the government for the severe punishment imposed on my father. Our family suffers psychological pain caused by his imprisonment. To date there are more than 70 political prisoners in Papua. Like my father, they voice their political aspirations peacefully, without violence. As an Indonesian citizen, who is legally free to voice opinions, I implore President SBY to instruct the government to immediately and unconditionally release all political prisoners in Papua.
Sign the petition here: http://s.shr.lc/11FFeo1
To see this petition in Bahasa Indonesia - The original Bahasa Indonesia version of the petition is here
For information about Filep Karma and other West Papuan political prisoners see Papuans Behind Bars
For more information about the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) and the West Papua Advocacy Team at www.etan.org
TAPOL/ETAN/WPAT et al: Urgent Appeal: freedom of expression in Papua (May 2013)
Pacific teach-in sends message of support to West Papuan political prisoners (June 2013)
ETAN writes on health care for Papuan political prisoner Filep Karma (April 2012)
26 Members of the House of Representatives Write Indonesia President to Call for Release of Papuan Prisoner Filep Karma (August 2011)
Read the West Papua Advocacy Team's monthly West Papua Report
East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN), Human Rights & Justice page
US Department of State, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012 - Indonesia
ETAN/WPAT: Comments on the U.S. Department of State's Annual Country Report on Human Rights for 2012 Concerning Indonesia/West Papua (May 2013)
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2012 Recipient of the Order of Timor (Ordem Timor)
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