Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 4th November 2020. Alex Sobel Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Pacific Islands Forum and Organisation of African, Caribbean…
Forum seeks clarification on Papua access

The chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano, says it’s vital there is open and constructive dialogue on the human rights situation in West Papua. He has written to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human…
Vanuatu PM calls for UN action on West Papua

Vanuatu’s prime minister has again pressed the United Nations General Assembly over human rights abuses in West Papua. During his speech in New York, Charlot Salwai lamented how some Pacific territories are yet to break the shackles of colonialism. Mr…
Pacific leaders call for action from industrial nations

Pacific Island Forum leaders have urged the United Nations Secretary General to persuade the world’s industrial powers to take urgent action to reduce their carbon emissions. Forum leaders met with António Guterres on Saturday ahead of the UN supremo’s special…
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…
PNG urges UN visit to West Papua

Papua New Guinea has reiterated a call for UN representatives to visit West Papua amid widespread protests. Indonesia has banned violent protests and separatist speeches in the two Papuan provinces, where at least 10 people have been killed and dozens arrested.…
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…