7 Sep 2011

Papuan protestors push self-determination cause at Forum

12:12 pm on 7 September 2011

A group of Papuan independence activists in Auckland are hoping Pacific leaders have heard their calls for self-determination and the inclusion of West Papua in the Forum.

Pacific leaders once spoke out about the violence and human rights abuses perpetrated by the Indonesia military in Papua, but have ignored the issue for the past four years.

The vice chairman of West Papua's National Coalition for Liberation, Dr Otto Ondawame, says human rights abuses, police brutality, murders, rapes and executions are getting worse.

He says Forum leaders shouldn't ignore the plight of West Papuans who are still under Indonesian rule.

"I (am) here to call on governments of Pacific Island Forum leaders to stand clearly and for the Forum, who must declare their position on the issue of West Papua. And so far Pacific leaders keep silent on the issue of West Papua, which is very disappoint(ing)."

Dr Otto Ondawame

Protestors are also calling for a Forum fact-finding mission to go to West Papua.