Support for West Papua cause always important to Vanuatu

The plight of West Papuans as Melanesian citizens is an important issue that Vanuatu must continue to support. Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade, Ralph Regenvanu, made this clear in his keynote address yesterday to all Vanuatu’s Heads…
Pacific Forum countries urged to follow up on West Papua

A West Papuan human rights defender has called for more Pacific islands countries to speak up internationally about human rights abuses in her homeland. Rosa Moiwend, who has been visiting New Zealand this week, said it was important that Pacific…

Dear Editor, Bruce Wearne asks a good question. When is Australian and New Zealand “going to get in behind Vanuatu’s advocacy of justice for West Papua”. As secretary of the Australia West Papua Association in Sydney, I write regularly to…
Papuans face violence, detentions, threats – US State Dept report

A new US government report has found West Papuans continue to face violence, politically-motivated detentions and threats in Indonesia. The findings were part of a State Department review of Indonesia’s human rights conduct last year. The report, released on Wednesday,…
UN urges torture inquiry after Indonesia police put snake on West Papua boy

Expert panel says incident shows the ‘deeply entrenched discrimination and racism’ faced by Papuans Indonesian police who used a large snake to terrorise a handcuffed boy is reflective of “a widespread pattern of violence” against indigenous West Papuans, a United Nations panel…
Indonesian police apologise for using snake to interrogate Papuan

Indonesian police have admitted using a snake during an interrogation of a West Papuan. The Associated Press reported that the admission came after a video of the interrogation went viral online. The video shows a Papuan man in custody, screaming in terror…
Vanuatu raises West Papua at UN

The issue of West Papua, was raised by Vanuatu at the United Nations 72nd General Assembly with exchanges of the Right of Reply between Vanuatu and Indonesia. Vanuatu Ambassador to the United Nations, Odo Tevi, made the following statement as Vanuatu…