Filep Karma Freed
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Filep Karma released from prison!

Filep Karma Freed

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Filep Karma
Filep Karma. We like the hat.  
West Papuan political prisoner Filep Karma was released from prison today, having served his full sentence (minus standard remissions) for participating the raising of West Papua's morning star flag on December 1, 2004. He was convicted of treason in May 2015 and sentenced to 15 years. Filep and his fellow political prisoners (in West Papua and the Mulukus) several times refused presidential clemency, which involve an admission of guilt and pledges not to re-offend, instead demanding unconditional release. He insisted that raising the flag was peaceful and not a crime. Upon release, Filep joined an anniversary event of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), one of West Papua's main liberation groups, at Expo Waena, Jayapura.

ETAN is proud to have campaigned for his release (ETAN collected more than 2700 signatures on a petition initiated by Filep's daughter Audryne Karma calling for the release of her father and other Papuan political prisoners). As we celebrate Filep's freedom, we remember those still in prison and those still harassed, arrested and tortured for exercising their freedom of speech in support of West Papua's freedom and human rights.

The September 2015 ETAN and WPAT's West Papua Report featured Filep.

see also:
AFP: Indonesia releases prominent West Papuan pro-independence leader Filep Karma from jail
Freedom Now!: Filep Karma page

Amnesty International: After a Decade in Jail for Raising a Flag, Filep Karma is Freed
Amnesty International Press Release: Indonesia: Papuan pro-independence activist jailed for raising a flag finally freed

Pacific teach-in sends message of support to West Papuan political prisoners (June 2013)
ETAN writes on health care for Papuan political prisoner Filep Karma (April 22, 2012)
26 Members of the House of Representatives Write Indonesia President to Call for Release of Papuan Prisoner Filep Karma (August 19, 2011) 

Read the monthly West Papua Report

Papuans Behind Bars


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