About Institute for Papuan Advoacy & Human Rights

The Institute for Papuan Advocacy & Human Rights (IPAHR) is concerned with the people & land of West Papua.  Our primary interest is promotion of the Human Rights, political rights and right of self determination of the indigenous peoples’ of West Papua.

IPAHR is made up of Human Rights and environment campaigners from Australia and West Papua.  IPAHR is based in Australia.


One Response to “About Institute for Papuan Advoacy & Human Rights”

  1. Dr Sean O'Leary Says:

    Dear Imparsial,

    Here at the Reading Amnesty International group in England, we are working for the release of Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage:


    Recently, in May 2009 it was the 4th anniversary of their conviction and we are trying to get as many people as possible to write to the President of Indonesia at the moment.

    There has been some recent news that Yusak Pakage has been beaten while in jail and if you could help, please encourage any contacts you have, to send the letter below (or something like it) to the President to express their outrage.

    If they have time, they could also send a copy to the following:

    Mr Andi Mattalata
    Minister of Justice & Human Rights
    Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav No. 4-5
    Jakarta Selatan 12950

    Mr Hendarman Supandji
    Attorney General
    Jl. Sultan Hasanuddin No.1
    Kebayoran Baru
    Jakarta Selatan 12130

    Thanks for your help,

    Sean O’Leary.

    Dr. S. V. O’Leary,
    J. J. Thomson Physical Laboratory,
    PO Box 220,
    RG6 6AF.
    United Kingdom.

    e-mail: s.v.oleary@reading.ac.uk
    Tel: +44 118 378 8576
    FAX: +44 118 975 0203


    The President of Indonesia
    Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
    Istana Merdeka
    Jakarta 10110

    July 2009

    Dear Mr. President,

    Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage

    Convicted 26 May 2005

    I write with increasing concern for prisoners of conscience Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage who were arrested in December 2004, convicted of treason on 26 May 2005 and sentenced to 15 and 10 years’ imprisonment respectively.

    According to Amnesty International their ‘crime’ was that they had taken part in a peaceful political ceremony at which a Papuan independence flag was raised.

    I was shocked to read recently that, again according to Amnesty International, Yusak Pakage was severely beaten by prison guards on 1 February, tearing one of his eyelids, an injury for which he is not known to have received any medical attention. He also had his glasses broken. Along with some other prisoners he was then moved to a tiny, windowless cell which, according to Filep Karma, was smeared with faeces. On 14 February Yusak, along with the other prisoners, was moved to the Sentani prison for drug offenders, in Jayapura.

    Amnesty International considers that Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage are being detained in violation of their fundamental rights to freedom of expression, opinion and association.

    I urge you to ensure their unconditional release without delay.

    Thank you for your urgent attention to this matter and I look forward to your response.

    Yours respectfully,

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