27 Oct 2011

Parliamentarians group says NZ should review its community policing role in West Papua

7:47 pm on 27 October 2011

The convener of the New Zealand parliamentary support group for West Papua says the government should review its role training Indonesian police in community policing in Papua region.

The call comes after at least five Papuans died and many more were injured when Indonesian security forces broke up the Papuan Congress after it declared independence.

There have also been five shooting deaths around the ongoing strike at the Freeport mine in Timika.

A police commander has also been killed.

Catherine Delahunty has urged New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully to encourage Indonesia to curb the state killings, torture and other abuses of Papuans.

"And really if New Zealand wants to play a constructive role, we might like to participate in brokering a peace dialogue. I don't think it's a robust situation for us to be doing community policing. It would be far more useful if Murray McCully would talk to the President of the Indonesian state about their occupation in terms of a peace dialogue with West Papuan leaders."

Catherine Delahunty