13 Apr 2012

Australia voices concern to Indonesia over convictions of Jayapura Five

3:15 pm on 13 April 2012

The Australian government says it has raised its concerns with the Indonesian government over last month's conviction of five Papuans found guilty of treason.

The five include Forkorus Yaboisembut, who was declared president of the Federal Republic of West Papua by delegates at last October's Papuan People's Congress in Jayapura.

The five were arrested amid a violent crackdown by Indonesian troops and given three-year jail sentences.

In a letter to the Australia West Papua Association, Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says its embassy officials in Jakarta raised concerns to Indonesian officials over the convictions.

The Department says while it doesn't support the political objectives of the jailed Papuans, it supports upholding the universal right of people to peacefully express their political views.