- Lenient sentences for Papuan protestors will limit risk of unrest but do not suggest major policy shift is likely
- Persistence of endemic racism against Papuans will limit pressure on government to adopt more conciliatory approach
- Risk of Papuan protests and separatist violence against foreign enterprises and workers will remain over coming years
The Balikpapan district court in East Kalimantan province sentenced seven Papuan students and activists to between 10 and 11 months’ imprisonment each on 17 June, following their convictions for treason. The individuals were initially arrested in Jayapura, the capital of Papua province, in September, for their role in unrest there last September. The sentences handed down were lower than anticipated, with prosecutors having sought terms ranging from five to 17 years.
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