2 Aug 2010

US Congressmen call on Obama to intervene in Papua "genocide"

1:47 pm on 2 August 2010

Fifty members of the United States Congress have called on President Barack Obama to hold Indonesia accountable for what they call slow motion genocide in the Papua region.

They have signed a letter to Mr Obama saying there're strong indications the Indonesian government has committed genocide against Papuans.

The lawmakers say Papua should be one of the President's highest priorities.

They have called on him to meet with the people of Papua during his trip to Indonesia in November.

The Congressmen say international agreements require other nations to intervene when genocide is happening.