Outcome UA: 100/20 Index: ASA 21/2930/2020 Indonesia Date: 24 August 2020
SEVEN PAPUAN ACTIVISTS RELEASED FROM PRISON
On 17 June 2020, seven Papuan activists were convicted of treason (makar) and sentenced to between
ten and 11 months in prison for their role in an anti-racism demonstration in August 2019. They have all
since been released and been able to return to their homes in Papua.
NO FURTHER ACTION IS REQUESTED. MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO SENT APPEALS.
Papuan activists, and former prisoners of conscience Ferry Kombo, Alexander Gobai, Agus Kossay,
Stevanus Itlay, Hengki Hilapok, Buchtar Tabuni and Irwanus Uropmabin have all been released from
prison and have all been able to return to their homes in Papua.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions within Indonesia, air travel is currently very complicated. As a result,
Amnesty International provided logistical support to aid their safe return home and ensure that their
lawyers and families were able to accompany them on their flights.
Mr. Gustaf Kawer, one of the lawyers involved in the case, expressed his appreciation for the help from
Amnesty International and thanked all members who took action and supported the seven former
prisoners of conscience.
Ferry Kombo, Alexander Gobai, Agus Kossay, Stevanus Itlay, Hengki Hilapok, Buchtar Tabuni and Irwanus
Uropmabin were convicted of treason (makar) and sentenced in June 2020 to between ten and 11
months in prison for their role in an anti-racism demonstration in August 2019. They were a part of a
group of 56 political activists and human rights defenders from Papua who were imprisoned in relation to
the 2019 anti-racism protest in Surabaya. Out of the total 56 prisoners of conscience, 34 remain
The Indonesian authorities have used these criminal code provisions to prosecute dozens of peaceful pro-
independence political activists in Papua and Maluku over the last decade.
Amnesty International continues to monitor the situation in Papua, but for now no further action is
requested from the UA network.
NAME AND PREFFERED PRONOUN: Ferry Kombo (He/Him), Alexander Gobai (He/Him), Agus Kossay
(He/Him), Stevanus Itlay (He/Him), Hengki Hilapok (He/Him), Buchtar Tabuni (He/Him) and Irwanus
THIS IS THE SECOND AND FINAL OUTPUT FOR UA: 100/20
LINK TO PREVIOUS UA: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa21/2526/2020/en/