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UN calls on Indonesia to protect Veronica Koman

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 18 2019   /  01:09 am

A panel of United Nations human rights experts have expressed support for human rights lawyer Veronica Koman in response to the East Java Police naming her among suspects of causing unrest in Papua and West Papua.Veronica, who is a lawyer for the National Committee for West Papua (KNPB), has regularly tweeted videos of marches and rallies in various cities and regions since protests first broke out in Papua and West Papua on Aug. 19.Because of the internet blackout in the country’s easternmost provinces from Aug. 21, her tweets have been one of the only sources of information from the restive region.The UN experts said the Indonesian government must protect the rights of all to peaceful protest, open access to the internet and protect the rights of Veronica and others reporting on protests in Papua and West Papua.“We call for immediate measures to ensure the protection of freedom of ...