25 Aug 2011

Amnesty International calls for Papuan activist to be released from jail

7:58 pm on 25 August 2011

Amnesty International has called for the immediate release of a Papuan activist imprisoned by Indonesian authorities for his involvement in a peaceful protest and for raising an independence flag.

Amnesty says the jail term imposed on Melkianus Bleskadit highlights the continuing use of repressive legislation to criminalise peaceful political activities in West Papua.

On the 14th of December last year a group of activists took part in a peaceful march in Manokwari, protesting against injustice and human rights violations by the Indonesian security forces.

At the end of the march the 14 star flag, a symbol of West Melanesian independence, was raised.

Amnesty says Mr Bleskadit should immediately and unconditionally be released.