Online action closed: Indonesia - release Filep Karma
This online action is now closed. For more information on the case and current campaigning and actions for Filep Karma, read our latest blog
Indonesian prisoner of conscience Filep Karma is a civil servant who was arrested and charged with treason in 2005. As the Indonesian President prepares to visit the UK, please write to the authorities and demand Filep’s immediate and unconditional release. Take action
Denied medical treatment
Filep has suffered from a variety of medical issues, including
internal bleeding, a suspected tumor on his colon and inflammation of
the stomach. He was denied access to the doctor of his prison and prison
authorities refused to pay for his transport and medical costs for
treatment elsewhere, despite being obliged to do so under national and
In recent months, local and international campaigning groups have highlighted his case and contributed to a fund to assist him. This meant Filep was finally able to receive vital medical treatment, and reports suggest he was treated well throughout.
Arrested for raising a flag
Former civil servant Filep Karma and student Yusak Pakage were arrested and charged with treason in 2005, after taking part in a peaceful political ceremony at which a Papuan independence flag was raised. They were sentenced to 15 and 10 years in prison respectively. Yusak Pakage was released in July 2010, but Filep Karma remains in prison.
Prisoner of conscience
In August 2011, Filep rejected an offer from the Indonesian Justice and Human Rights Ministry to shorten his sentence by five months, around the annual Indonesia Independence Day celebrations (when prisoners are often offered pardons or reductions to their sentences).
Filep maintains that he should never have been imprisoned solely for the peaceful expression of his right to freedom of expression, and that to accept any kind of reduction or pardon would compromise this principle and accept that he had done something wrong. He has stated that he would only accept an offer of an unconditional release. Read more about Filep's case
This online action is now closed - thank you to everyone who sent appeals. For more information on this case, please contact our Indonesia Country Coordinator: email@example.com or read his latest blog post about the case