West Papua: Break the Silence
Papua: Break the Silence
Saturday 1st December at
Corner Manners Mall and Cuba St, Wellington
What other country is closed to international media
and does not allow full access to the International Red
Join us in a visual display of solidarity
against the atrocities currently occurring in West Papua,
including a small group pf symbolically bound and gagged
individuals. We will assemble at 12 midday on Saturday 1st
December at the corner of Cuba & Manners St, Wellington.
West Papua has undergone brutal colonisation by the
Indonesian Government for the last 50 years, with violence
and human rights abuses dramatically increasing in recent
In honour of West Papuan Independence Day (Dec
1st) we will call on the NZ Government to break the silence
and support the human rights of West Papuans. We will
request that the NZ Government never again send NZ police to
train Indonesian police, whitewashing the ongoing brutal
culture in the Indonesian police in West Papua.
demand free media access, International Red Cross access and
the rights of West Papuan women, men and children to not be
killed and tortured.
Facebook event here.
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>