The government of Indonesia is clamping down on
nationalism and the cry for freedom of the West Papuan people by charging
political prisoners of treason and ‘conspiracy against the security of the
state’, according to Articles 106 and 110 of the Indonesian Criminal Code. Political
prisoners are kept in terrible conditions, repeatedly tortured and continuously
intimidated. Many have died without being allowed access to basic health care.
The 1969 Act of Free Choice was far from the exercise of self-determination it
was intended to be, with 1,025 Papuan representatives forced to vote to remain part
of Indonesia under threats of violence and death. There is a huge and highly
visible presence of Indonesian military in Papua, and the abuses they commit go
largely unreported as Papua remains closed to foreign journalists and
international NGOs. Powerful multinational corporations engage in highly
non-transparent logging, mining and fishing activity, uprooting one of the
world’s most diverse and valuable ecosystems.
In the short-term, this petition aims to press for the immediate and
unconditional release of Papuan political prisoners. It also seeks to raise
awareness about the situation and press for the immediate revision of the
Criminal Code to repeal Indonesia’s repressive treason laws, according to
Amnesty International’s recommendations.