We have just learnt that the Indonesian government has agreed to send prisoner of conscience and activists, Filep Karma, to Jakarta to receive urgent medical treatment. Filep has been very ill since August last year and was told he could not receive medical treatment due to lack of funds at the prison. We have not heard if Yusak Pakage, arrested and sentenced at the same time as Filep, is receiving the medical attention that he needs. Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage were charged with treason in 2005 after taking part in a peaceful political ceremony and sentenced to 15 and 10 years in prison respectively. While in prison they have been ill-treated and their health has deteriorated.
Three AIA action groups have been working for their case for the past year. We have also been liaising with AIUK on the case. Their case is featured in the current Human Rights Defender magazine on page 21 - please keep writing those letters to the head of the Papuan Provincial Department of Justice and Human Rights.