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Indonesia urged to release 'political prisoners'

According to a report by UK-based human rights charity Tapol

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The Indonesian government has been accused of detaining more than 400 political prisoners from West Papua, despite official claims that every inmate in the country’s jails has broken criminal law.

According to a report by UK-based human rights charity Tapol, at least 210 political activists were arrested in West Papua last year, in 28 separate incidents. But it warns the true number of arrests is likely to be far higher, since a number go unreported or cannot be confirmed. 

No political prisoners? The suppression of political protest in West Papua, documents the cases of 40 detainees who were known to be in prison at the end of March 2013.

It is based on research and interviews conducted by Tapol, and data from Papuans Behind Bars, a project initiated by civil society groups in West Papua and launched in the provincial capital, Jayapura, earlier this month.

According to figures from Papuans Behind Bars, there were at least 403 political prisoners in jail in West Papua as at 31 March 2013

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