Three activists from the province of Maluku have been arrested and face up to 20 years in prison - simply for keeping a pro-independence flag.

Pieter Likumahua, Alexander Workala and Benjamin Naene have been charged with 'treason' and face up to 20 years in prison for their connection to the Republic of South Maluku (RSM) - which is not recognised by the Indonesian government.

The Indonesian authorities have used provisions in the Criminal Code to prosecute tens of peaceful pro-independence political activists in the provinces of  Maluku and Papua, simply for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.

We have made a difference in people's lives before. Primary school teacher Johan Teterissa was a prominent figure from the RMS movement who spent more than a decade in jail for leading a peaceful protest in front of the then-President in 2007. In 2008, Johan was sentenced to life imprisonment, later reduced to 15 years on appeals. Amnesty campaigned for his freedom and he was released in 2018. 

Our collective voice can make a difference. Call on the Indonesian authorities to drop all charges and immediately release Pieter, Alexander and Benjamin.