Indon. claims on West Papuan refugees not credible
Indonesian claims on West Papuan refugees not credible: Greens
The new Indonesian Ambassador's assurances about
the safety of West
Papuan refugees if they are returned to Indonesia are not credible,
Greens Senator Kerry Nettle said today.
"The escalating repression of the independence movement and generalised suppression of the people of West Papua is well documented," Senator Nettle said.
"Just last week the special adviser to the U.N. Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Juan Mendez said West Papuans were at "risk of extinction"
"The latest US State Department report on Indoensia outlines the numerous human rights violations suffered by the West Papuans at the hands of the Indonesian military and militia.
"The government should not be fooled by Indonesian double speak from this new Ambassador.
"The Australian government should not give in to Indonesian pressure," Senator Nettle said.