Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fax campaign for Indonesia political prisoner

Amnesty International has launched a "faxjam" calling for the release of Johan Teterissa, a teacher, serving 15 years in prison for taking part in a peaceful protest in Maluku, Indonesia. Teterissa (also spelled Teterisa) was arrested in June 2007 for his part in a peaceful protest during which the banned "Benang Raja: flag – a symbol of Maluku independence – was raised in front of Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. He was tortured by police and continues to suffer from internal injuries as a result.

More background on Tetrisa and other Indonesia political prisoners can be found here (PDF) from Human Rights Watch.

There are an estimated 90 prisoners of conscience in Indonesia.
Send your fax to Indonesia's Minister of Justice via Amnesty's website here

see also Beaten, tortured, and imprisoned after raising a flag by Josef Benedict, Indonesia Campaigner, Amnesty International

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