Indonesia working with UN rights chief on Papua visit

Indonesia’s government says it’s working with the office of the UN Human Rights Commissioner to arrange access to West Papua. The Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, last week indicated her office had been unable to secure permission from Jakarta to visit Papua…
Vanuatu and Solomons raise Papua at UN rights council

Vanuatu and Solomon Islands have raised the issue of human rights abuses against West Papuans at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The two governments made a statement which also noted that Indonesia had not yet given access to…
UN rights chief unable to secure West Papua visit

The UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet says her office has so far been unable to secure a trip to Indonesia’s West Papua. In January, Indonesia agreed in principle to allow a visit by the rights chief, but this has…
Waffling on West Papua

Vanuatu Daily Post – During his visit to Port Vila last weekend, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres was confronted with questions about West Papua. The matter was on the agenda during a bilateral meeting held between Mr Guterres and key…

Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk The Free West Papua Campaign has welcomed the call by the United Nation’s human rights experts for “Prompt and impartial investigations … into numerous cases of alleged killings, unlawful arrests, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment…
Vanuatu refuses to back down on West Papua stance

Vanuatu’s foreign minister has dismissed criticism from the Indonesian government for including the United Liberation Movement (ULMWP) for West Papua in its meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet. In a statement, the Indonesian Ambassador to…
Vanuatu: No “Manipulative Steps’

Compiled by Kizzy Kalsakau and Jason Abel, Vanuatu Daily Post The Government of Indonesia has criticized Vanuatu for including a West Papuan leader and the United Liberal Movement for the people of West Papua (ULMWP) chairman, Benny Wenda in its…
UN rights chief secures Jakarta agreement for Papua access

Indonesia has agreed in principle to allow the office of the United Nations human rights commissioner into Papua region, or West Papua. This comes amid continuing violence in the region’s Highlands regencies between the West Papua Liberation Army and Indonesian security forces.…
MSG DG Congratulates Gov’t Delegation on Recent Universal Periodic Review

The Vanuatu Daily Post – The MSG Secretariat’s Director General, Ambassador Amena Yauvoli has congratulated the Government of Vanuatu, in particular Minister for Justice and Community Services Don Ken and his distinguished delegation who recently presented Vanuatu’s national report to the…