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REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA:
ACTIVIST ARRESTED, FAMILY SUFFERS ECONOMIC HARDSHIP

Update info:
20 Mar 2018
Country:
REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA
Subject:
Heri Budiawan
Gender m/f: m
Period:
17 Apr 2018
Distribution date:
20 Mar 2018
UA No:
034/2018

Environmental activist Heri Budiawan, known as Budi Pego, was sentenced to 10 months in prison on 24 January 2018 for “crimes against state security.” The case is currently under appeal. The arrest of Heri Budiawan has led his family into financial distress, forcing his wife and two daughters to depend on their small farm and support from relatives. Heri Budiawan is a prisoner of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released.

Heri Budiawan who has been very vocal in protesting a gold mining activity in Tumpang Pitu and Salakan mountains, East Java, Indonesia, was sentenced to ten months imprisonment for openly promoting pro-communism ideology by displaying hammer and sickle symbol during the protest. This is the first time anti-communist sentiment has been used to restrain peaceful protest. In addition, three others have also been accused of involvement, however no charges have been placed against them.

Both prosecutors and lawyers in Heri Budiawan's case make an appeal to the Higher Court of East Java, Indonesia. Whilst Heri Budiawan is still under arrest until the court decision is final and binding, his wife and 2 daughters who are 14 and 2 years old must struggle without the breadwinner of the family. They depend their livelihoods on their small farm and irregular supports from relatives. 

Tumpang Pitu and  Salakan Mountains are one of the few mountains in Indonesia where gold extraction takes place and it is under the control of Merdeka Copper Gold through its two subsidiaries PT Bumi Sukses Indo (BSI) and PT Damai Sukses Indo (DSI). Both companies were given licences to open and manage an area of of 4,998 hectares and 6,623 hectares respectively since 2012. In addition to being responsible for ecological destruction, the villagers believe that the companies are endangering the safety of five villages; namely Sumberagung, Pesanggaran, Sumbermulyo, Kandangan, and Sarongan villages.

Take action

Please write immediately in English, Bahasa or your own language urging the authorities to:

  • Release Heri Budiawan immediately.
  • Ensure that pending his release, Heri Budiawan is protected from torture and other ill treatment while in detention, and has regular access to his family, and lawyers of his choice.
  • Ensure that activists, human rights defenders, journalists, academics, members of the political opposition and others can peacefully exercise their human rights without fear of punishment, reprisal or intimidation.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 17 APRIL 2018 TO:
President of Indonesia
President Joko Widodo
c/o Presidential Sstaff Office
Gedung Bina Graha
Jalan Veteran No. 16
Jakarta Pusat, 10110
Indonesia
Fax: +62 21 345 0009
Email: webmaster@ksp.go.id
Salutation: Your Excellency

Minister of Law and Human Rights
Yasonna Hamonangan Laoly, SH, MSc, Ph.D
Jl. Rasuna Said Kav. 6-7 Kuningan
Jakarta, Indonesia 12940
Twitter:@Kemenkumham_RI
Fax: (+62)25253004
Email: rohumas@kemenkumham.go.id
Salutation: Your Highness

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. This is the first update of UA 34/18. Further information: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa21/7884/2018/en/