Australian Green Party underlines commitment for human rights situation in West Papua

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The Australian Green Party organized a national meeting in Brisbane on 19 May 2018. The party had invited several experts on the situation in West Papua to speak about the current situation in West Papua, among them Dr Jacob Rumbiak (ULMWP member), Indonesian human rights lawyer Veronika Koman (see image left) and Jason MacLeod (academic, expert on community development and movement building). The meeting was also attended by the Green Party senators Richard Di Natale and Andrew Barlett.

As a result of the national meeting, the participants formulated an electronic statement which was shared with various media outlets in West Papua. The electronic document listed the following recommendations:

1. Acknowledge the United Liberation Movement for West Paua (ULMWP) as the voice, representing the political aspirations of the Papuan people
2. Support that West Papua will be registered to the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories at the UN General Assembly in 2019.
3. Calling on full transparency regarding Australian support to the Indonesian police and military, including the DENSUS 88 Anti-Terror Unit and military troops which are deployed in West Papua.
4. Asking the Indonesian Government to enforce the full enjoyment of human rights for indigenous Papuans, including the press freedom and freedom of expression.
5. Call on the opening of West Papua for foreign journalists