The Indonesian Government has put many political activists in West Papua in prison for their activities. Many reliable reports from human rights organisations in West Papua suggest that these political prisoners are mistreated while in jail. Many are tortured. Prison authorities also tend to withhold or delay appropriate medical treatment for such political prisoners when they fall ill.
Our community and Church contacts in West Papua have approached us for help with the provision of medical treatment for one such political prisoner who had a stroke in December 2011 and is paralysed on one side of his body. He is a 28 year old farmer from Wamena in Papua and has a life sentence. Prison authorities are not providing him with the medical assistance he needs to prevent further deterioration in his condition. We have been provided with a detailed account and costing for his treatment for the rest of this year. The cost is $1400 and will pay for medication, physiotherapy, a special diet and hospital transport. His family and local human rights organisations do not have the money to pay for this treatment. We appeal for donations which can help pay for his treatment and treatment for others in similar circumstances.
You can send a cheque to CJPC, GPO Box 282, Brisbane Q 4001. Cheques should be made out to “CJPC Brisbane West Papua Fund.” You can also make a deposit into the account online. Account details are:
Account Name: CJPC Brisbane West Papua Fund
Bank Name: CBA, 240 Queen Street, Brisbane Q 4000.
ACC No. 520846001
Thank you for any help you can give. Please circulate this to people in your networks too.
West Papua Solidarity Group Brisbane &
Catholic Justice & Peace Commission of Brisbane
P: (07) 3336 9173
F: (07) 3336 9177
M: 0409 265 476