Release Activists Facing Life Sentences for Peaceful Protests

Target: Papua Regional Head of Police Irjen Paulus WaterpauwGoal: Release Hosea Yeimo and Ismael

Goal: Release Hosea Yeimo and Ismael Alua and drop all charges against them.

Two independence activists in the Indonesian state of West Papua have been jailed and are facing potential life sentences for engaging in peaceful protests. Hosea Yeimo and Ismael Alua were arrested after participating in a day of action involving simultaneous protests in six Indonesian cities.

The peaceful protests were in support of admitting the pro-independence United Liberation Movement of West Papua to the intergovernmental organization the Melanesian Spearhead Group and resulted in over 500 arrests. However, only Hosea Yeimo and Ismael Alua, both members of a pro-independence student organization, remain incarcerated. They have been charged with ‘rebellion’ and, if found guilty, face life in prison.

These charges are a threat to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly in Indonesia and are a clear attempt to silence influential pro-independence voices in West Papua. Sign our petition and demand the immediate release of Hosea Yeimo and Ismael Alua and that the state drop all charges against them.


Dear Head of Police Waterpauw,

I was disturbed to hear that Hosea Yeimo and Ismael Alua face charges of rebellion for the peaceful expression of their political convictions. While I recognize that West Papuan independence is a controversial issue, the freedom to peacefully express ideas and the freedom of peaceful assembly are fundamental human rights.

Neither Hosea Yeimo nor Ismael Alua incited violence nor have they called for violence in the past. While over 500 people were arrested on the December 19th protests, they alone remain in imprisoned and they alone have been charged with ‘rebellion.’ I urge you to uphold human rights and release Hosea Yeimo and Ismael Alua and do everything in your power to ensure the charges against them are dropped.


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