21 Jul 2014

Papuans to welcome release of Jayapura Five

4:33 am on 21 July 2014

Supporters of the five West Papuan political prisoners known as the Jayapura Five are expected to converge on the capital of Indonesia's Papua province today for their release.

July 21st is the purported date of release of the five who were arrested and imprisoned in October 2011 following the Third Papuan People's Congress in Jayapura where they were elected as leaders of the so-called Federal Republic of West Papua.

The group include the President of the Federal Republic, Forkorus Yaboisembut and the Prime Minister Edison Waromi.

A press release from the Republic administration says more then 10,000 Papuans will come from the Republic's seven regions and gather around in Jayapura to welcome the release of the Jayapura Five.

The administration says the gathering is being planned as a peaceful event.