April 29, 2016
The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the harassment of lawyers Tigor Gempita Hutapea and Obed Sakti Andre Dominika in Indonesia.
The Law Society has received reports that on 30 October 2015, Tigor Gempita Hutapea and Obed Sakti Andre Dominika attended a peaceful protest rally at the Presidential Palace in order to monitor police violence against protestors. The lawyers were arrested along with 24 activists and subsequently charged under Article 216 of the Indonesian Criminal Code for ‘disobeying police orders’; however, reports indicate that the lawyers and the protestors were already dispersing the area when police started to beat them and put them in custody.
In their joint submission of 4 April 2016, Lawyers for Lawyers and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada noted that the charges appear to relate solely to Tigor Gempita Hutapea and Obed Sakti Andre Dominika’s “legitimate actions as lawyers and human rights defenders.”
The Law Society presently writes to voice its deep concerns that charges laid against Tigor Gempita Hutapea and Obed Sakti Andre Dominika appear to relate solely to their legitimate actions as lawyers and human rights defenders.
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