Political prisoners in West Papua

13 05 2013

PPT wants to inform readers of a new blog about political prisoners in Indonesia called Papuans Behind Bars. It follows a new report by UK-based NGO, TAPOL, which:

… forcefully challenges the Indonesian government’s repeated assertion that the country has ‘no political prisoners.’ The report urges President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to open up democratic space in West Papua and order the release of all those jailed for expressing their legitimate opinions and aspirations.PPB

The 31-page report, ‘No political prisoners? The suppression of political protest in West Papua,’ documents the cases of 40 detainees who were known to be in prison at the end of March 2013, challenging the government’s claim that there are no political prisoners in West Papua, but only criminals who have broken the law.



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