Filep Karma released from prison!
Thursday, November 19, 2015
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.
Filep Karma. We like the hat.
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.
Indonesia releases prominent West Papuan
pro-independence leader Filep Karma from jail
Filep Karma page
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
Read the monthly West
ETAN writes on health care for Papuan political
prisoner Filep Karma (April
26 Members of the House of Representatives Write
Indonesia President to Call for Release of Papuan
Prisoner Filep Karma (August