IPWP support demonstration 2008


Buchtar Tabuni is a leader within the West Papua National Committee (Komisi Nasional Papua Barat, KNPB), an organisation which campaigns for a referendum on Papuan independence. On 16 October 2008 the KNPB organised a peaceful demonstration to support the launch of the International Parliamentarians for West Papua in London. Mr Tabuni was arrested in connection with this demonstration several weeks later, and during his detention was beaten on several occasions. Sebby Sambom, an independent activist involved in the KNPB, was arrested on 17 December 2008 after he spoke at a press conference demanding Buchtar Tabuni‘s release.