Gustaf Kawer

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Gustaf Kawer and Latifah Anum Siregar


The situation of human rights lawyers in Papua, Indonesia, is quickly deteriorating. L4L organizes a letter writing campaign for two lawyers who were the victim of harassment.

The Papua Regional Police has opened an investigation into human rights lawyer Gustaf Kawer in connection with “crimes against public authority”. The charges, under articles 211 and 212 of the Criminal Code, refer to events alleged to have occurred during a court hearing in June 2014 while he was acting as a defence lawyer in court. If prosecuted and found guilty, he could face up to four years in prison.

On 16 September 2014, at about 11:00 p.m., human rights lawyer Latifah Anum Siregar, was physically attacked and robbed while returning back from the pre-trial court hearings to her hotel in Wamena city, Papua province. The assailants also stole her suitcase, which contained her laptop and documentation relating to an ongoing legal case.

Help these lawyers too and join in this campaign! The example letters are in Indonesian. You can find an English translation here.

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