Call for Pacific leaders to support West Papua resolution

Supporters and members of the West Papua Desk in Auckland
Supporters and members of the West Papua Desk in Auckland Photo: supplied

A West Papua support group in New Zealand is calling on Pacific leaders to support Vanautu’s push for the Indonesian region to be included on the UN’s decolonisation list.

West Papua Action Auckland said leaders attending next week’s Pacific Islands Forum summit in Nauru must back Vanuatu’s draft resolution when it is raised by prime minister Charlot Salwai.

The Morning Star flag a symbol of the West Papuan Independence movement. It was first raised on 1 December 1961 prior to the territory coming under administration of the United Nations Temporary Executive Authority.
The Morning Star flag a symbol of the West Papuan Independence movement. Photo: RNZ PAcific/ Koroi Hawkins

It said the denial of the right of self-determination for West Papua in the 1960s set the scene for decades of state-sanctioned violence against the indigenous population.

The activist group said the so-called ‘Act of Free Choice’ in 1969 was a fraudulent exercise carried out under extreme duress.

It said there is evidence West Papuans are experiencing slow genocide due to ongoing human rights abuses and the harmful conditions of life experienced by so many Papuans.

 

Source: Radio New Zealand

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