Rally, on Saturday, June 5, will take place to urge the release prisoners of conscience, Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage, who were charged with acts of treason and sentenced to prison for raising a flag
WASHINGTON, June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amnesty International members and other activists will rally prior to President Barack Obama's rescheduled trip to Indonesia to encourage him to place pressure on the Indonesian government to release two Amnesty International prisoners of conscience, Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage. Both men were unfairly sentenced to 15 and 10 years in prison, respectively, for participating in a peaceful protest for Papuan independence and raising the outlawed Morning Star flag.
The event will feature Amnesty International members and other activists with flags, banners, and posters with messages directed at President Obama and Indonesian President Yudhoyono, along with music and chants.
Amnesty International is calling on President Obama not to forget human rights during his visit with Indonesian President Yudhoyono and to carry a message of hope and freedom to the two men.
EVENT: Rally to Free Indonesian Prisoners of Conscience: Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage
DATE: Saturday, June 5
TIME: 4:30 – 6 p.m.
WHERE: Lafayette Park, across from the White House
Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 2.2 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.
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SOURCE Amnesty International