1 Dec 2006

Vanuatu MPs mark 45th anniversary of Papuan self determination

4:32 pm on 1 December 2006

Vanuatu's Parliament has paid respect for the 45th National Day of West Papua by way of 1-minute silence this morning.

West Papua Independence Day, December 1st, is being marked around the world by advocates for Papuan self-determination.

However while many of the ceremonies involve raising of the Morning Star flag, this is a crime in Indonesia for which people have been jailed up to fifteen years.

Vanuatu's parliament motion was moved by the Deputy Leader of Opposition, Moana Carcasses, and seconded by the Prime Mnister Ham Lini and supported unanimously.