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Amnesty: RI political prisoners internationally unacceptable

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, December 10 2011   /  10:15 am

Humans, regardless of their social, economic and ethnic background, hold in high esteem justice, dignity and freedom from persecution, and Papuans, who have faced decades of rights violations, are no exception. Such was the story Amnesty International Asia-Pacific program director Sam Zarifi told during a recent interview with The Jakarta Post’s Mariel Grazella. Sam was visiting Jakarta to discuss human rights in Papua with Coordinating Legal, Political and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto.

Question: How did the meeting with the minister come to be?

Answer: The meeting was really at the invitation of President [Susilo Bambang] Yudhoyono, who suggested publicly that the government should meet with Amnesty International.

That was an important step because for years now we have not been talking to the Indonesian government about Papua. [Papua] was almost a wor...