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Release Papuan prisoners: HRW

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 13 2010   /  09:49 am

JAKARTA: The Indonesian authorities must immediately allow two Papuan political prisoners to meet with attorneys and to challenge their transfer from prison to police custody, according to the Human Rights Watch (HRW).The prisoners, Filep Karma, 51, and Buchtar Tabuni, 31, have been held at the Jayapura Police station in West Papua, after a riot erupted at Abepura prison on Dec. 3.HRW deputy director for Asia Elaine Pearson said the Indonesian authorities should explain why Filep and Buchtar had been thrown in a police lock-up and denied access to counsel.“Prisoners have rights too, and ignoring those rights is no way to celebrate Human Rights Day,” she said in a press statement marking the day on Dec. 10.HRW reiterated its call for the Indonesian government to immediately free more than 130 Papuan and Moluccan activists imprisoned for peacefully expressing their political views.The ...