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Seven Papuan activists convicted of treason after anti-racism protests

Sonja Sedmak on June 20, 2020 - 5:22 pm in News & Events

‘Balikpapan Seven’ accused of promoting West Papua independence movement at Indonesia rallies

Seven Papuan activists have been found guilty of treason and sentenced to up to 11 months in prison for their involvement in anti-racism rallies in West Papua last year, a verdict that has been condemned by human rights groups.

The men, known as the “Balikpapan Seven”, were convicted over protests that were sparked last summer by a viral video in which Papuan students were called “monkeys” and subjected to other racist taunts. Thousands of people took part in the rallies, some of which turned violent.

 

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