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Urgent Appeal: release Biak prisoners

tahanan politik papua, yohanes boseren, yang sedang diproses hukum di biak, papua, lagi mengalami gangguan jiwa sebagai akibat dari pemukulan berat yang dideritanya pada saat penangkapan.
04 December 2013

Papuan political prisoner Yohanes Boseren, currently on trial in Biak, is suffering from mental health problems thought to be related to the heavy beating he suffered when he was arrested. Human rights lawyers are calling for his immediate release and for him to be given the medical treatment he urgently needs.

Yohanes Boseren was arrested with five other men – Oktovianus Warnares, Yoseph Arwakon, Markus Sawias, George Syors Simyapen and Jantje Wamaer – on 1 May 2013 during a flag-raising ceremony in Biak to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the administrative transfer of Papua to Indonesia in 1963. The six men are being tried for treason under Article 106 of the Indonesian Criminal Code and possession of ammunitions and explosives under the Emergency Law 12/1951. Local activists report that incriminating evidence was planted by police authorities during the course of the two-month investigation period.

Yohanes Boseren has developed mental health problems since his detention. Although he received some treatment at a mental hospital, he has since been returned to Biak prison.

Please call, fax or write to the Indonesian authorities listed, using this sample letter, urging them to:

  • Order the Immediate and unconditional release of Yohanes Boseren and ensure that he receives proper medical treatment for his illness.
  • Drop all charges against the remaining five Biak political prisoners and order their immediate release.



Biak State Court

Pengadilan Negeri Biak, JI. Majapahit No. 1, Biak 98117, Papua, Indonesia

Tel +62 (0) 981 21847

Fax +62 (0) 981 21958


Biak State Prosecutor

Kejaksaan Negeri Biak, Kejaksaan Negeri Biak, Jl. Sisingamangaraja, Biak, Papua, Indonesia

Tel +62 (0) 981 21079


Biak Prison

Lembaga Pemasyarakatan Biak,  Jl Condronegoro Samofa, Biak,

Tel +62 (0) 981 25715


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Ministry of Justice and Human Rights

Amir Syamsuddin
Ministry of Justice and Human Rights
Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav No. 4-5
Jakarta Selatan 12950

Tel +62 (0) 21 5252975

Fax +62 (0) 21 5252975


Chair of the High Court

Ketua Mahkamah Agung Republik Indonesia

 Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara No. 9-13

Tromol pos No. 1020 

Jakarta 10010 


Chair of the Judicial Commission

Ketua Komisi Judisial Republik Indonesia di Jakarta

Jl. Abdul Muis No. 8 Gedung ITC Lantai 5

Jakarta Pusat, Po Box 2685 

Tel +62 (0) 21 3865661

Fax +62 (0) 21 3863147 


Chair of the Jayapura High Court

Ketua Pengadilan Tinggi Jayapura

Jl. Tanjung Ria No. 98 Base “G” 

Jayapura 99117

Tel +62 (0) 967 541045 / 541443


Head of the Papua High Prosecutor’s Office

Kepala Kejaksaan Tinggi Papua di Jayapura

 Jl. Anggrek No.6 Tanjung Ria


Tel +62 (0) 967 542764 / 541130 


Regional Office for the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Papua province

Kepala Kantor Wilayah Kementrian Hukum dan HAM Propinsi Papua di Jayapura

Jln. Raya Abepura No. 37, Kotaraja, Jayapura,

Tel +62 (0) 967 586147

Faks +62 (0) 967 586112


Thank you for taking action to support Papuan political prisoners