Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Rally in DC to Free Prisoners of Conscience in West Papua

From Amnesty International Mid-Atlantic

Dear friends of Indonesia, East Timor, Freedom, and Human Rights,

Please come out for our first demonstration of the year to to secure the immediate and unconditional release of Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage, Amnesty International Prisoners of Conscience (POC) and the Mid-Atlantic Special Focus Case (SFC). .

Please come out on Thursday, January 21 from 12:30-!:30pm, and show your solidarity with Filep and Yusak who could spend the next decade or more in prison for the peaceful raising of a flag.  Join us in demanding the release of these two courageous human rights defenders! 

We will provide colorful flags, noisy chin-chins, and great chants and visuals.

Thursday, January 21, 2010, 12:30 – 1:30pm
Indonesian Embassy

2020 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Background Information:

Arrested on December 1, 2004, Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage are serving a collective prison sentence of 25 years for their participation in a peaceful flag-raising ceremony to commemorate Papuan independence in 1962. While Amnesty International takes no position on the political status of any province of Indonesia, Amnesty International believes that the right to freedom of expression includes the right to peacefully advocate independence or other political solutions and that these rights must be upheld.

For more information and background on the case, please visit

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