12 Apr 2010

Dutch NGO pushes government for action over sick Papuan political prisoner

7:15 pm on 12 April 2010

The Netherlands-based advocacy group Foundation Pro Papua has written to the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs about its concern for the health of a Papuan political prisoner in Indonesia.

Filep Karma, who is serving a fifteen-year jail term in Jayapura for unfolding the Papuan national flag in 2005, is reported to have been suffering from a serious prostate infection since last year.

However a number of human rights activists say that management at Abepura prison is still not allowing Mr Karma access to medical treatment.

Foundation Pro Papua has called on the minister, Maxime Verhagen, to encourage Indonesian authorities to allow the prisoner access to treatment.

He visited Indonesia last year when he spoke of the country's possible pioneering role in the field of human rights and democratisation.

The Dutch NGO says Mr Verhagen should remind Indonesia of its potential human rights role again.