24 Jun 2015

Jokowi hits development hurdle in bid to release 90 Papuans

7:11 pm on 24 June 2015

A proposal in Indonesia's Parliament to pardon political prisoners in Papua has been rejected.

The House of Representatives met on Monday to consider President Jokowi's plan for a second release of Papuans who have been held as separatists.

Jokowi released five political prisoners last month, who had been jailed since 2003.

The new plan, said to include up to 90 political prisoners in Papua and West Papua,

The list includes the prominent political activist Filep Karma, who is serving a 15-year sentence for raising the banned Morning Star flag at a political rally in 2004.

But MPs have told Jokowi they won't support the move unless there are concrete plans to hose down separatist tension in the provinces.

One committee member and MP told the Jakarta Globe that support will not be given unless the Government lays out a roadmap for developing the provinces.

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Morning Star flag Photo: files