Amnesty International Indonesia Condemns the Arrest of 14 Papua University Students
Amnesty International Indonesia condemns the arrest of 14 (fourteen) students of Jayapura’s Cenderawasih University, or UNCEN, by the Papua Police after they held a peaceful protest against the arrest of West Papuan activist for the West Papua National Committee, Victor Yeimo on Tuesday, August 10th 2021.
Victor Yeimo was arrested by the Nemangkawi Task Force on May 9th 2021 under charges of treason based upon his speeches and activism during the 2019 Anti-Racism Peace Rally in Jayapura. Victor was accused of violating Article 106 and Article 110 of Criminal Code for Treason and conspired to commit treason. He is being held at the Mako Brimob Prison of the Papua Police.
Amnesty International Indonesia Deputy Director, Wirya Adiwena stated that the students should not be arrested and treated like criminals for demanding the release of Victor Yeimo in a peaceful protest because it is their right to use their freedom of speech and expression. Wirya Adiwena urged the Jayapura Police to release the students immediately as well as calling for Victor Yeimo to be released because there was no credible evidence that shows he has violated any laws or conspired to do a treason.