Meliana in court; photo via TwitterDOWNLOAD PDF OF UA 161/18 HERE
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.