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Indonesia: Open letter on the increasing use of makar charges against Papuan activists to stifle freedom of expression

, Index number: ASA 21/1108/2019

In this letter Amnesty International is writing to express our deep concern about the sudden surge in the use of makar charges against at least 22 Papuan activists in Jakarta and Papua over the past few weeks based on their peaceful exercise of the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly. The activists are being charged and detained under Articles 106 and 110 of Indonesia’s Criminal Code (KUHP), which cover crimes against the security of the state and impose life imprisonment as a maximum punishment.

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