Category: Political Prisoners
March 12, 2018
After 8 months in jail and 15 appearances in court, West Papuan political prisoner Yanto Awerkion’s trial verdict is finally set to take place tomorrow and under Indonesian law he could be given 15 year jail sentence for “treason”.
February 6, 2018
Yanto Awerkion, one of West Papua’s most prominent political prisoners has recorded a new video message today in secret, calling upon the leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) to welcome West Papua back as a full MSG member at its leaders summit next week. Yanto’s trial has now…
January 12, 2018
‘Treason trial’ of Independence petitioner Yanto Awerkion adjourned until Tuesday 16th January after prosecution witnesses ‘fail to answer questions’ Independence activist facing 15-year jail sentence for supporting a petition Prosecution witnesses were unable to answer questions from the judge On Tuesday 9th January at 16:00 West Papua time, the trial
January 10, 2018
We have received urgent reports from the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) that on 7th January at 09:13 (West Papua time), 14 activists were arrested by the Indonesian military and police.
January 10, 2018
Yesterday West Papuan political prisoner Yanto Awerkion was in court facing charges of “treason” after helping to support the West Papuan People’s Petition. After months of postponing the trial following a lack of witnesses, the judge himself did not show up and so the trial has been postponed until Thursday…
January 10, 2018
Sydney Criminal Lawyers spoke to Free West Papua campaign spokesperson Raki Ap about the conditions that Mr Awerkion is facing, the question around charging an individual with treason over a petition that Indonesian authorities claim is a hoax, and freedom for Yanto and West Papua.
Filep Karma interrogated and racially abused by Indonesian military for wearing West Papuan flag badge
January 6, 2018
On 2nd January, West Papua’s most famous former political prisoner, Filep Karma was interrogated by the Indonesian military and police in Jakarta for wearing a West Papuan flag badge. Filep Karma was sentenced to 15 years in jail in 2004 for raising the West Papuan flag and served 11 years…
World’s eyes on Indonesia as Political Prisoner Yanto Awerkion is tried for ‘Treason’ over Support For West Papua Independence Petition – 9th January 2018
January 3, 2018
World’s eyes on Indonesia as Political Prisoner Yanto Awerkion is tried for Treason Over Support For West Papua Independence Petition – 9th January 2018 Video of Yanko Version 1 (with subtitles) www.x Version 2 (without subtitles) www.x LONDON – The world’s eyes are on Indonesia on 9th January 2018 as…
December 19, 2017
Please help us to get Yanto out of jail Please help us free Yanto Rather than sharing Christmas with his family, West Papuan political prisoner Yanto Awerkion will be spending Christmas day in a prison cell in West Papua – all for signing a petition…. In May 2017, the Indonesian…
December 15, 2017
As the year draws to a close, we would like to give an update on the situation around West Papuan political prisoner Yanto Awerkion who was arrested on 30th May 2017, simply for speaking at an event supporting the historic West Papuan People’s Petition which in total was signed by…