Meliana in court; photo via TwitterDOWNLOAD PDF OF UA 161/18 HERE UPDATE of November 13:
On October 25, the High Court of Sumatera confirmed a lower court's decision to sentence Meliana to 18 months in prison. She will now appeal the verdict to the Supreme Court. Please continue to send appeals on the action below.
Meliana, an ethnic Chinese Buddhist woman, has been convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to 18 months in prison for complaining about the loudspeaker volume at a local mosque. Amnesty International considers her a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.
Meliana was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to 18 months in prison by the Medan District Court in North Sumatra Province on 21 August 2018. She had been arrested and detained on 30 May and later charged with blasphemy under Article 156(a) of Indonesia’s Criminal Code. Meliana and her lawyers filed an appeal to the Medan High Court on 27 August.