Silsden group highlights plight of prisoner in Indonesia

With the Silsden Amnesty bike display are group members, from left, Alison Tribe, Anna Young and June Brennan

With the Silsden Amnesty bike display are group members, from left, Alison Tribe, Anna Young and June Brennan

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An Indonesian prisoner-of-conscience has been nominated as a Tour de France “rider” by Silsden human rights campaigners battling for his release.
  Filep Karma has been declared the leading rider in Team Amnesty, a cycle display which will form part of Le Bike Festival being staged at Silsden Methodist Church in July and August.
  Mr Karma, a former civil servant born in Papua, was jailed for 15 years in 2005 after he attended a ceremony in which the Papuan flag – banned in Indonesia – was raised.
  His case was adopted last year by Silsden Amnesty Group, which regularly sends letters appealing for his freedom, holds community events to publicise his case and mails morale-boosting cards directly to him.
  “We are a team right behind Filep and supporting him all the way,” said group spokesman June Brennan. “Involving him in the Tour in this way seems like a really effective statement of our work.”

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