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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
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 international standards.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.
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.
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
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