01 September 2006

about the many - about the one...

in a nutshell human rights is a HUGE concept about the indivisibility and universality of the components necessary to live life in a dignified manner - a right is for every single human being or it is no right at all...

now amnesty international began more than four decades ago -- the story of two portuguese students sentenced to seven years imprisonment for raising a toast to freedom horrified british lawyer peter benenson (click here for the rest of the story)...

and today, while the demands of educating about, organizing around, and exposing the abuses of human rights is a daunting job working on individual cases remains an integral part of the work of amnesty international...

so today i ask you to TAKE ACTION on behalf of filep karma and yusak pakage, prisoners of conscience in indonesia...

For peacefully raising a flag, Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage may spend the next decade or more in prison in Indonesia.

On December 1, 2004, some 200 people participated in a nonviolent ceremony outside Abepura in Papua Province during which the Morning Star flag, a symbol of Papuan independence, was raised in commemoration of the declaration of Papuan independence in 1962. The commemoration is celebrated annually by some Papuans. While approximately 200 people took part in the December 1 ceremony, hundreds more local people watched from the edge of the fields.


Please send politely worded letters to the President of Indonesia, urging him to bring about the immediate and unconditional release of Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage.

Write to:
Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
President of Indonesia
c/o The Ambassador
Embassy of Indonesia
2020 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

For more background on their cases click here...

peace out <3

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