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Silsden group to campaign for prisoner's freedom
10:00am Monday 9th September 2013 in News
Silsden Amnesty Group has “adopted” a prisoner of conscience who has been held in an Indonesian jail since 2005.
Former civil servant, Filep Karma, who was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment for his part in a peaceful demonstration, will be the focus of the group’s annual coffee morning on Saturday.
Visitors to the event – at Silsden Methodist Church – will be invited to sign a postcard to the Indonesian authorities, calling for Mr Karma’s immediate release.
He was arrested and subsequently charged with rebellion after joining 200 residents of the Indonesian province of Papua in a rally for independence.
A group spokesman said: “In the coming year, Amnesty International will step up the campaign on his behalf, sending a stream of cards and letters and ensuring that Filep Karma is not a forgotten man.”
Saturday’s coffee morning, from 9.30am to 11.45am, will also include displays and home-made cakes.