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Australia must act after more conflict in West Papua

Press Release – Australian Green Party

Greens’ spokesperson for West Papua, Senator Richard Di Natale, has called for urgent action in response to reports of conflict, deaths and displacement in the Paniai region of West Papua.Media Release

Dr. Richard Di Natale
Greens Senator for Victoria

16/12/11

Australia must act after more conflict in West Papua: Greens

Greens’ spokesperson for West Papua, Senator Richard Di Natale, has called for urgent action in response to reports of conflict, deaths and displacement in the Paniai region of West Papua.

“Australia can no longer stand silent while West Papua burns,” said Senator Di Natale.

“There are reports of villages being raided and razed by Indonesian forces, which may have been trained and armed by Australia.

“In addition to 15 deaths from shootings, thousands of West Papuans are reportedly displaced and some have died from an outbreak of diarrhoea in an overcrowded refugee care centre.

“The Australian Government must urge Indonesia to end the violence immediately, withdraw all military forces from the region and enter into a peaceful dialogue with the Free West Papua movement.

“We must also push for access to be given to the Red Cross so that much needed aid and care can be given to the Papuans in the region. Opening up the area to journalists and human rights organisations is needed so that we can monitor events like these.

“Australia must consider its military links to Indonesia and suspend all ties while such violence continues.

“We cannot stand idly by while this conflict escalates and human rights are being abused on our doorstop.”

ENDS

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3 comments:

  1. Mike Smith, 18. December 2011, 20:30

    Why is NZ so quiet on West Papua? The NZ media totally IGNORE the place!!!

     
  2. Teddy, 19. December 2011, 4:40

    Indonesia Army has take control in West Papua and has kill Papua people and destroy any village in Papua, The situation of west Papua has been crisis and now Papua need intervention of foreign to seek the best solution for west Papua People

     
  3. Human Rights Law Centre (Pingback), 19. December 2011, 19:52
     

    […] A human rights group says at least 17 people died last week after police using helicopters fired on houses in the Indonesian province of West Papua. The attacks come in the same month as two people were reportedly shot as a result of Independence Day demonstrations and further clashes occurred with reports of two Indonesian police officers being killed by the OPM and the anti-terrorist brigade responding by setting fire to schools, a church and houses in the highlands. Greens Senator Richard Di Natale said Australia can no longer stand silent while West Papua burns. […]