Urgent Action: Farm workers in Indonesia face imprisonment for insulting flag

Two farm workers, Sawin and Sukma, were arrested and detained by the police on 24 September 2018 for “insulting the national flag”, which they deny doing. Both men have been protesting the development of a coal power plant near their farmland in West Java Province. Sawin and Sukma are prisoners of conscience detained solely for exercising their human rights and must be immediately and unconditionally released.

Please write immediately in English, Bahasa Indonesia or your own language urging the authorities to:
◼ Immediately and unconditionally release Sawin and Sukma as they have been detained solely for peacefully exercising their human rights;
◼ Ensure that they are protected from torture and other ill-treatment while in detention, and have regular access to their families, and lawyers of their choice; and
◼ Ensure that environmental activists, journalists, academics, members of political opposition, human rights defenders and others can peacefully exercise their human rights without fear of punishment, reprisal or intimidation.

Head of West Java Regional Police
lrjen Pol Agung Budi Maryoto
West Java Regional Police Headquarter
Jl. Soekarno-Hatta 748 Bandung City
West Java Province, Indonesia 40292
Twitter: @bidhumaspldjbr
Fax: +62 (0)22 7813131
Email: spripimbandung@gmail.com
Salutation: Dear General

Chief of the Presidential Staff Office
General (Retired) Moeldoko
Bina Graha Building
Jl. Veteran No. 16, Jakarta Pusat
Indonesia 10110
Twitter: @KSPgoid
Fax: +62 (0)21 345 0009
Email: webmaster@ksp.go.id
Salutation: Dear General

And copies to:
Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM)
Ahmad Taufan Damanik
Komnas HAM Office
Jl. Latuharhary No. 4B, Menteng
Jakarta Pusat, 10310 Indonesia
Twitter: @KomnasHAM
Fax: (+62) 21 3925227
Email: pengaduan@komnasham.go.id

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. HIS EXCELLENCY DR RIZAL SUKMA, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, 30 Great Peter Street, SW1P 2BU, 02074997661, Fax 02074914993, kbri@btconnect.com, www.indonesianembassy.org.uk, Salutation: Your Excellency

Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.


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