Prisoner of Conscience Johan Teterissa

Aylesbury Amnesty Group have elected to support the Prisoner of Conscience Johan Teterissa - a school teacher form Maluku who, with a group of like minded individuals, protested against the colonisation of Maluku by Indonesia. The group - around fifteen people - were all arrested and tortured, and imprisoned simply for expressing their opinion that Maluku should be an independent nation. Whilst some of the group have since been released, Johan himself has been imprisoned for fifteen years. Help us to help Johan by joining our Group, or writing a letter to your MP, or to the Indonesian Government. Amnesty International UK have offered this advice:

PRIMARY TARGETS

The Minster of Justice and Human Rights and the Attorney General have been identified as the two targets whose influence can directly lead towards Johan’s release, as well as changes in the laws which have been used to criminalize Johan and other peaceful political activists in Indonesia.

We ask that all sections working on Johan’s case target these two individuals.

Urging Amir Syamsuddin, as Minister of Justice and Human Rights, to:

  • Release Johan Teterissa immediately and unconditionally, as well as all other prisoners of conscience in Indonesia;

  • Ensure that Johan Teterissa is not tortured or otherwise ill-treated while in detention and that he has access to medical treatment if he requires it, lawyers of his choosing, and visits from family members;

  • Ensure that prison conditions and the treatment of prisoners meet standards provided for in Indonesian law as well as UN Standard Minimum Rules on the Treatment of Prisoners;

  • Repeal or else amend Articles 106 and 110 of the Criminal Code so that these articles are no longer used to criminalize freedom of expression; and

  • Ratify and implement the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture which is intended to establish a preventive system of regular visits to places of detention.

Appeal target:
Amir Syamsuddin
Minister of Law and Human Rights                
Address
Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav No. 4-5
Kuningan
Jakarta Selatan 12950
Indonesia        
Tel          Fax +62 21 525 3095        
Salutation Dear Minister

Urging Basrief Arief, as Attorney General, to:

  • Release Johan Teterissa immediately and unconditionally, as well as all other prisoners of conscience in Indonesia;

  • Ensure that Johan Teterissa is not tortured or otherwise ill-treated while in detention and that he has access to medical treatment if he requires it, lawyers of his choosing, and visits from family members;

  • Order an effective and independent investigation into the allegations of human rights violations by the security forces in Ambon at the time of Johan Teterissa’s arrest, detention and interrogation, and to bring those responsible to justice in fair trials;

  • Make public commitments to ensure that no one else will be arrested purely for the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly; and

  • Repeal or else amend Articles 106 and 110 of the Criminal Code so that these articles are no longer used to criminalize freedom of expression.

Appeal target:
Basrief Arief
Attorney General

Address
Jl. Sultan Hasanuddin No.1, Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta Selatan 12130
Indonesia  
Fax + 62 21 725 0213 (w) + 62 21 739 2576 + 62 21 725 1277
Salutation:  Dear Attorney General  

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