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

 

Call on Pacific Island leaders to remember West Papua

Demonstration: Call on Pacific Island leaders to remember West Papua

On Wednesday 7 September from 8-30 am West Papua supporters will demonstrate outside the Cloud on Quay St (near the Ferry Buildings) as the Forum leaders assemble for the formal opening of the 42nd Pacific Island Forum Meeting.

We will hold the West Papua Morning Star flag aloft – it is banned in West Papua and those who dare to fly it risk years in jail. A young West Papuan exile will be confined in a symbolic prison cage symbolizing that the West Papuan people live under Indonesian occupation effectively in ‘prison’. Indigenous people are constantly under surveillance from a vast net­work of spies.

Over the 49 years of Indonesian rule some 100,000 West Papuans have died as a result of the conflict. (New Internationalist, April 2002)

West Papuans belong to our region: ethnically, culturally and geographically .

Before Indonesian rule, West Papuans were able to attend regional meetings such as the South Pacific Commission.

The West Papuan people have been denied a genuine act of self-determination.

The 1969 “Act of Free Choice” was a fraudulent procedure under which only 1,022 men were permitted to take part. All did so under conditions of extreme duress.

Between 2000 and 2007, the Forum included at least a brief reference to West Papua and ongoing human rights issues in most of its communiqués. But then silence – why?

We call on the Forum leaders to:

* Send a fact-finding mission to see the situation at first hand.

* Support the West Papuan people in their call for a peaceful dialogue with the Jakarta Government.

* Grant observer status at Forum meetings to West Papuan representatives.

* Join Vanuatu to raise the issue of West Papua’s political status at the UN.

* Call for the listing of West Papua with the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Madrid Climate Talks: Decade Ending 2019 Likely To Be Hottest On Record

Exceptional global heat driven by greenhouse gas emissions mean this decade will most likely go down as the warmest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization...

The agency also finds that 2019 is on track to be the second or third warmest year in history, with the global average temperature during January through October, roughly 1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial era.

“If we do not take urgent climate action now, then we are heading for a temperature increase of more than 3°C by the end of the century, with ever more harmful impacts on human wellbeing.” More>>

 

NZ First Conflicts Of Interest: New Details Around Timeline

New information has emerged showing it was the New Zealand First chief of staff who identified potential conflicts of interest between a forestry company and two senior government ministers, sparking a series of declarations. More>>

Earlier:

Donations:

Five New Cancer Meds In Six Months: Pharmac Funds More Cancer Medicines, Faster Assessment

PHARMAC has confirmed that two new medicines – olaparib for ovarian cancer and fulvestrant for breast cancer – have been approved for funding... Rituximab and bortezomib, which are already funded, have also been approved for widened access following successful commercial proposals from new suppliers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Stoking Fears About Cannabis Law Reform

It was always going to be hard to have a rational debate on cannabis reform. Far easier for politicians to win votes by stoking alarm... More>>

ALSO:

Tūhoronuku Mandate Recognition Ends: "New Opportunity" For Ngāpuhi Treaty Negotiations

The Crown is providing an opportunity for the hapu of Ngāpuhi to rebuild its framework from the ground up for collective negotiations to deal with its historical Treaty claims... More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Next Phase Of Recovery Underway

“Fresh air will be pumped into the Pike River Mine drift this week, following acceptance of the plan for re-entry beyond the 170m barrier by New Zealand’s independent health and safety regulator WorkSafe." More>>

ALSO:

Peters Stoic: Russia On Afghan Firing Range Deaths

The foreign minister won't be calling in the Russian ambassador concerning comments made about New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan. In a media briefing late last month, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said New Zealand must investigate crimes against civilians. More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Call: Online Crisis Response Workshop In Wellington

Governments and tech companies are holding a two-day workshop, hosted by YouTube/Google in Wellington, to test the Christchurch Call Shared Crisis Response Protocol. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels