17 June 2011
Dear Prime Minister,
The Indonesia Human Rights Committee draws to your attention the ongoing
human rights abuses suffered by the indigenous Melanesian people of West
You will be aware that West Papua has now been controlled by Indonesia for
48 years since Indonesia took control from the United Nations Temporary
Executive Authority (UNTEA) in 1963. Since that time tens of thousands of
lives have been lost in the ensuing conflict.
Currently West Papuan leaders are committed to non-violent means to achieve
their aspirations and to resolve problems and grievances. There have been
repeated calls to the Government in Jakarta for a process of peaceful
In recent weeks, perhaps inspired by the democracy uprisings in the Middle
East, there have been thousands-strong peaceful demonstrations in West
Papua when the people have rallied to call for a new self-determination
referendum and also to a call for the release of all political prisoners.
Click here for the full article: Letter to NZ Prime Minister from the IHRC
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