Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Protest Against Indonesian Presence At Symposium

7 November, 2000

MEDIA RELEASE: Protest planned against Indonesian military presence at the Western Naval Symposium

Human rights and peace activists will protest at the presence of an Indonesian naval chief at the Western naval Symposium being held at the Stamford Plaza Hotel later this week.

The action will take place between 12 noon and 1 pm on Thursday 9 November. There will be a sombre witness outside the hotel and symbolic street theatre re-enactment of the deaths of the 3 UN aid workers in Atambua West Timor.

" We will deliver a letter to the Indonesian delegation - it will convey a strong message that we abhor the role that the military plays in the suffering and death of ordinary people in Indonesia," said Maire Leadbeater speaking for the Indonesia Human Rights Committee.

" We also our condemn our own government for this "business as usual" invitation, which undermines New Zealand's support for reform and democracy in Indonesia. The Indonesian military should be isolated until it is no longer engaged in repression."

"The Indonesian military has been actively engaged in human rights atrocities against students, pro-democracy activists and villagers in Aceh, Maluku and West Papua. In West Timor the military stood by while militia brutally executed three UN aid workers in cold blood. More than a year after East Timor 's freedom the military is still suspected of aiding and abetting the militia intimidation in the refugee camps."

" When this Seminar was announced there were many calls for Indonesia's invitation to be withdrawn. Since the Government will not send the message the people will deliver it :

The Indonesian military must act now to stem the violence in West Timor and protect the rights of the people who struggle for democracy, self-determination and reform."

"The Government should adhere to its own Defence Policy Framework which states that New Zealand will not engage in military co-operation with the armed forces of states which sanction the use of their armed forces to suppress human rights. "

"We believe that any so called "security co-operation benefits" of this get-together must be weighed against the infinitely more serious consequences of continuing to do 'business as usual' with the Indonesian military."

for further information: Maire Leadbeater 09-376-9098 (Cell 025-436-957)


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news