Thursday, December 01, 2011

Indonesia: Release Filep Karma, a Papuan activist jailed for raising a flag


Former civil servant Filep Karma is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence after taking part in an annual ceremony where the “Morning Star” flag, a banned symbol of Papuan independence was raised. He was one of 200 people who took part in the peaceful ceremony in Abepura, Papua Province, in December 2004.

Police arrested Filep Karma at the site of the ceremony and subsequently charged him with “rebellion”. In 2005 he was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment.

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