Olga Hamadi Indonesia Papuan human rights lawyer third on jury's shortlist for the Lawyers for Lawyers Award
Olga Helena Hamadi Indonesia Papuan human rights lawyer third on jury's shortlist for the Lawyers for Lawyers Award
Published: February 14, 2014, 2:11 am
Author: kontras papua
Olga has worked for the Papuan Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) since 2005 and has been working for the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS Papua) since 2009. Since her start at LBH, Olga has taken on politically sensitive cases, concerning mostly indigenous Papuans who are charged with treason for publicly expressing their opinions and being involved in demonstrations. Many of her clients are arrested without due legal process and are often mistreated or tortured by the police.
Among her clients are also KNPB (West Papua National Committee) activists – an organization campaigning for a referendum on the future status of Papua. Of the legal accompaniments, only one case resulted in an acquittal on appeal, whereas all the others resulted in imprisonment on hardly any evidence. Allegedly, the stigma against Papuans influences these judgments. KontraS also challenges the unprofessional and arbitrary performance of the police force and military, by undertaking media work and complaining directly to the relevant authorities. Because of the sensitive cases Olga takes on against the military, the police and the security forces, she is often monitored and spied upon blatantly whilst working at the KontraS Papua office. One of the cases had to be discontinued due to intimidation and pressure from security forces. She is intimidated by telephone repeatedly, meetings with her clients are obstructed by the security forces and at some political trials psychological pressure is exercised by a huge presence of police, military and security forces. During one case the police incited the community to boycott the lawyers, causing a threatening mob at the Court. The brakes of Olga’s car were cut just before a planned campaign in Australia (in November 2011) about the Papuan human rights situation and in particular the forced dispersal of the Third Papuan People’s Congress. This Congress on upholding the basic rights of Papuans was attended
by circa 5000 Papuans. These intimidations make it difficult to carry out her work.
papua, k. (2014). Olga Hamadi Indonesia Papuan human rights lawyer third on jury's shortlist for the Lawyers for Lawyers Award. Retrieved from http://www.trunity.net/kontraspapua/view/news/52fdc1850cf2ec6c48cad615