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Jakarta Post

Police charge Papua activist as govt mulls ending blackout

  • Ivany Atina Arbi and Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 5 2019   /  12:29 am

While pledging to gradually lift its internet restriction in Papua and West Papua, the government has taken another strong measure against a human rights activist who has supported the provinces’ calls for independence.The East Java Police have named human rights lawyer Veronica Koman a suspect for allegedly violating four different laws, including the 2008 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law, by reportedly encouraging Papuans and West Papuans to riot.East Java Police chief Insp. Luki Hermawan said the police had decided to name Veronica a suspect after conducting a preliminary hearing on Tuesday night. The activist, he further said, had “aggressively provoked” citizens via twitter account @VeronicaKoman by giving out information relating to the recent protests and riots.A string of protests and riots erupted in the two provinces after security personnel and members o...