5 Mar 2014

Vanuatu calls for action from UN on West Papua situation

4:34 pm on 5 March 2014

The Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Moana Carcasses had called for international action on West Papua at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Mr Carcasses outlined the human rights challenges that have affected people of West Papua since 1969 and said roughly 10 percent of the indigenous population have been killed by Indonesian security forces since 1963.

He says that between October 2011 and March 2013, 25 Papuans were murdered but nothing has been done to bring the perpetrators to justice.

"Why are we not discussing it in this Council, why are we turning a blind eye to them and closing our ears to the lone voices of the Papuan people, many of whom have shed innocent blood because they want justice and freedom."

Moana Carcasses urged the Council to consider adopting a resolution to establish a country mandate on the situation in West Papua, which would include an investigation of alleged human rights violations, and provide recommendations on a peaceful political solution.