21 Oct 2011

Amnesty calls for release of 14 Papuan Congress detainees

1:32 pm on 21 October 2011

Amnesty International has called for the immediate and unconditional release of 14 people detained by police in Indonesia's Papua province.

They were among hundreds arrested on Wednesday for participating in the Third Papuan People's Congress, a major gathering of leaders and tribal representatives from throughout West Papua, held in the provincial capital Jayapura.

The Congress culminated in a declaration of an independent state of West Papua

At least five of those detained have been charged with rebellion and incitement, crimes which carry up to life imprisonment.

Included among these are Forkorus Yaboisembut and Edison Waromi, the proclaimed President and Prime Minister respectively of the newly declared independent state.