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Indonesia: Old Laws - New Prisoners of Conscience

, Index number: ASA 21/027/2003

Since Indonesia embarked on a transition from authoritarian rule five years ago, at least 46 prisoners of conscience have been sentenced to prison terms. Five of them are currently serving prison sentences for the peaceful and legitimate exercise of their right to freedom of expression. Amnesty International is calling for the release of all prisoners of conscience in Indonesia. The organization is also calling for the repeal of repressive legislation used to imprison prisoners of conscience including articles in the Indonesian Criminal Code (KUHP) Amnesty International considers these articles to be in contravention of the right to freedom of expression, and has long campaigned for them to be repealed.

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