Demand Medical Treatment for Tortured Prisoner

Target: Yasonna Laoly, Indonesian Minister of Law and Human Rights

Goal: Secure outside medical treatment for a prisoner who has been in pain for over a month.

An activist serving a 15-year sentence for his part in a peaceful protest has been suffering from extreme leg pain for over a month and is having difficulty walking. However, authorities refuse to grant him access to outside medical treatment. Sign the petition and demand that Indonesia respect and honor all prisoners’ rights to adequate medical care.

Johan Teterissa has been in prison for seven years for taking part in a protest before the president at the time. Upon his arrest, he and 21 other activists were reportedly beaten, whipped, and otherwise tortured. He was charged with rebellion and given a life sentence that was later reduced to 15 years.

Teterissa has been imprisoned very far from home and has told his lawyers he would like to be transferred closer to his family. Although he has been transferred several times, he has only been moved farther and farther away from his home in Maluku. Upon his arrival at Batu Prison, where he is currently held, he was allegedly kicked, beaten, and whipped with electrical cables.

Johan Teterissa’s extreme medical condition certainly merits a visit to an outside hospital, something that he is guaranteed under the U.N. Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (Mandela Rules). The rules state that any medical need that cannot be addressed by a prison clinic or doctor must be brought to an outside facility. Furthermore, Indonesia’s laws call for prisoners to be provided with any medical care they may require.

Johan Teterissa needs immediate help. Sign the petition and demand that he be granted access to the medical attention he so desperately needs.


Dear Minister Laoly,

No matter what their crimes, prisoners have a right to necessary medical treatment. Johan Teterissa is one of those prisoners. I demand that he be allowed access to outside medical treatment to treat pain that he has endured for over a month, and I urge you to ensure that all prisoners are granted appropriate access to medical resources.

Teterissa is one of nearly two dozen peaceful protesters arrested several years ago. He was sentenced to life in prison for “rebellion” shortly after, although the sentence was later revised to 15 years, and he is currently being held in Batu Prison, where he was allegedly beaten, kicked, and whipped by guards upon his arrival. Teterissa and the other protesters were also reportedly tortured around the time of their arrests.

Teterissa needs medical treatment for his legs, which are so painful that he has difficulty walking. Although no direct cause has been given for this pain, it is not unreasonable to assume that it is at least a partial result of the torture he has suffered on more than one occasion.

I urge you to follow both Indonesian laws and international human rights standards by providing Johan Teterissa with adequate medical care, even if it means bringing him to an outside facility, and I urge you to ensure that all prisoners are treated fairly and humanely.


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