WEST PAPUA: Concern for activist held by police


On June 14, West Papuan non-violent activist and human rights advocate Jonah Wenda was arrested in the West Koya area, about 30 kilometres from the Papua New Guinean border, and later transferred to Jayapura, where he is being detained. Wenda was carrying out humanitarian work and human rights investigations at the time of his arrest. Human rights workers have been denied access to Wenda and it is believed that he is in urgent need of medical attention. Wenda was previously a political prisoner, spending several years in jail after he was arrested for joining a non-violent political demonstration as a high-school student. Contact the Jayapura head of police on +62 811 480 168 to seek assurance that Wenda is being properly treated and given access to a lawyer of his choosing.

From Green Left Weekly, June 21 2006.
Visit the Green Left Weekly home page.

If you like our work, become a supporter

Green Left is a vital social-change project and aims to make all content available online, without paywalls. With no corporate sponsors or advertising, we rely on support and donations from readers like you.

For just $5 per month get the Green Left digital edition in your inbox each week. For $10 per month get the above and the print edition delivered to your door. You can also add a donation to your support by choosing the solidarity option of $20 per month.

Freecall now on 1800 634 206 or follow the support link below to make a secure supporter payment or donation online.