7 Sep 2012

Australia's Green condemn mixed messages on Papua

6:03 pm on 7 September 2012

Australia's Green Party is questioning what it calls the mixed messages the government is sending Indonesia about human rights in Papua.

The party's leader says the government needs to take a consistent stance in defence of human rights in the Pacific, not just pay them lip service.

Christine Milne is questioning this week's signing of a defence co-operation agreement with Indonesia, following last week's call for an inquiry into the alleged involvement of the Indonesian military in the assassination of an indigenous West Papuan leader.

The Greens' spokesperson for West Papua is urging Australians to receive assurances that Australian military support will not lead to further violations of human rights.

Richard Di Natale is also calling for Papua to be opened up to foreign journalists and human rights monitors.