Aust: Confront Jakarta, pursue Papuan rights at UN
Australia should confront Jakarta and pursue West Papuan
rights in the
United Nations - Greens
"Australia should respond to Indonesia's demands that we break international law protecting West Papuan refugees by taking the issue of West Papuan independence to the United Nations," Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown said this morning.
He was responding to Jakarta's petulant withdrawal of its ambassador.
"The Indonesian government's brutal crackdown on West Papua which has more than 1,000 students currently hiding in the rainforest near Jayapura, confronts human decency and the right of West Papuans to independence.
"The Australian government
should make it clear it will not accept
Jakarta's demands that UN conventions protecting West Papuan refugees should be broken," said Senator Brown.