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Vanuatu laments lack of action on West Papua at UN

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About RNZ Pacific PACIFIC VANUATU27 Sep 2021 Vanuatu laments lack of action on West Papua at UN 9:25 am on 27 September 2021 Share this Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share via email Share on Reddit Share on Linked In Vanuatu's Prime Minister has told the United Nations about a lack of progress on human rights in West Papua. Vanuatu's Prime Minister Bob Loughman addresses the 76th UN General Assembly by video link.Vanuatu's Prime Minister Bob Loughman addresses the 76th UN General Assembly by video link. Photo: Supplied

Vanuatu’s Prime Minister has told the United Nations about a lack of progress on human rights in West Papua.

ob Loughman told the UN General Assembly that the indigenous people of West Papua continue to suffer human rights violations under Indonesian rule.

In recent years both the Pacific islands Forum and the Afircan, Carribbean and Pacific Group of countries have sought UN scrutiny of the rights situation in Papua.

Both groups of countries had urged Indonesia to allow the UN Human Rights Commissioner’s Office to visit Papua and provide an independent assessment.

“To date there has been little progress on this front,” Loughman said.

“I hope the international community, through appropriate UN-led process, takes a serious look at this issue and addresses it fairly.”

Loughman also said he hoped the UN could help Vanuatu achieve a peaceful settlement in its dispute with France over the Matthew & Hunter islands.

The disputed islands lie between Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

“Recognising the incomplete process for the decolonisation of Vanuatu, we hope that the UN-led process grows a clear pathway to achieve peaceful settlement of these disputed islands,” Loughman said.

Source: RNZ

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