21 Oct 2011

NZ must divest in all holdings in Freeport mine in Papua, says IHRC

1:05 pm on 21 October 2011

New Zealand has been urged to divest from all holdings in Freeport McMoran's gold and copper mine in Indonesia's Papua region because of the ongoing violence around its operations.

The Indonesia Human Rights Committee says New Zealand's government must take action over ongoing security force violence in Papua.

The call comes after military opened fire on delegates at the Third Papuan People's Congress in Jayapura this week, killing two civilians.

A few days earlier, security forces reportedly killed two miners participating in strike action at the Freeport mine.

The committee's Maire Leadbetter says the NZ Super Fund and other New Zealand Crown Financial Institutes should not be investing in the mine operations.

"Because of its horrific record against the people in terms of their human rights, evicting the tribal people from the land to make way for the mine; and evidence of involvement with the military over the years and further deaths of innocent West Papuans; but also the environmental devastation caused by that mine."

Maire Leadbetter