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

 

West Papua Register

Indonesia Human Rights Committee

Box 68-419

Auckland.

18 July, 2002

Media Release: West Papua Register

The Indonesia Human Rights Committee has approached candidates from all parties to ask them to sign the "West Papua Register". Those who sign the register have made a personal pledge that if elected they will "work publicly to promote a United Nations review of the 1969 "Act of Free Choice" and will urge the New Zealand Government to promote the review at the next meeting of the UN General Assembly and the Pacific Islands Forum." 76 candidates from Act, Christian Heritage, Greens, Alliance and Labour have signed and are listed below.

"Most politicians now like to like to bask in the warm glow of East Timor's liberation but it is time now to support the people of West Papua who have long been denied their right to self-determination. West Papuan people have suffered more than 30 years of bitter conflict which has caused the deaths of 100,000 people," said Maire Leadbeater speaking for the Indonesia Human Rights Committee."

"The UN Review of the "Act of Free Choice" is a key demand of West Papuan leaders as fears intensify of renewed violence. A new command of Indonesian special forces arrived recently as well as some hundreds of Laksar Jihad militiamen. "

The Review call is endorsed internationally by church, human rights, indigenous and legal groups. The Campaign was launched at the United Nations earlier this year, and also has the support of British, Irish and Australian politicians. The fraudulent nature of the 1969 "Act of No Choice" is now widely acknowledged, especially since the frank admission of Mr Narasimhan (a senior UN official in West Papua at the time), that the Act was a "Whitewash".

Those on the Register as at 18/7/2002: ( responses still being received)

Act :John Waugh, Dr Simon Ewing-Jarvie, Ted Erskine-Legget

Labour: Ola Kamel

Christian Heritage: Matthew Bartlett, Robin Corner, Gavin Hockly, Vic Jarvis, Ruth Jarvis, McGregor Simpson

Alliance: Maxine Boag, Andrew Buchanan, Tricia Cutforth, Julie Fairey, Jim Flynn, Ravaani Ghaemmaghamy, Gerard Hehir, Paula Henderson, Sam Huggard, Margaret Jeune, Moira Lawler, Dion Martin, Matt McCarten, Gavin Maclean, Fiona McLaren, Anna McMartin, Janine Ovens, Carolyn Payne-Harker, Paul Piesse, Colin Pounder, Julie Poupard, Joseph Randall, Robert Reid, Len Richards, Robert van Ruyssevelt, Anna Sutherland, Gerald Tait, Vernon Tile, Mike Treen, Peter Wheeler, Craig Wills, Justin Wilson

Green Party: Steve Abel, Nick Barber, Peter Sven Berger, Steffan Browning, Paul Bruce, Fliss Butcher, John Carapiet, Terry Creighton, Catherine Delahunty, Charles Drace, Rod Donald, Ian Douglas, Don Fairley, Jeanette Fitzsimons, Richard Green, Lois Griffiths, Perce Harpham, Caro Henckels, Keith Locke, Rachel Mackintosh, Janine McVeagh, Debs Martin, Sarah Millington, Olivia Mitchell, David Musgrave, Russell Norman, Chris Norton-Brown, Cathy Olsen, Di Pennell, David Rose, Nandor Tanczos, Metiria Turei, Celia Wade-Brown, Meriel Watts

A letter received from Matt Robson (Progressive Coalition) says that the party supports self-determination for all peoples.

"As a political party, the progressive Coalition has to reserve the right to determine the best way to work with like-minded people towards that goal. With an eye on the outcome the forthcoming general election, our prospective coalition party is Labour. This means that we anticipate negotiating on this issue with our coalition partner after the election"

IHRC is publicising the results of this Register through its newsletter, the media, the internet and human rights networks. After the election we will approach successful candidates again, and of course ensure that those who have signed live up to their pledge.

for further information: Maire Leadbeater 09-815-9000 025-436-957


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election