23 Feb 2015

Fiji petition launched for West Papua

7:30 pm on 23 February 2015

A petition to encourage Fijian solidarity with the people of West Papua as the region applies to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group will go to the government in late April.

The Fiji Times paper reports all Fijians are urged to sign the petition launched at Suva's Sukuna Park last Friday to show solidarity and support for their Melanesian brothers and sisters.

The director of the Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy, Sirino Rakabi, says the people of West Papua need Fiji's support.

He says full West Papua membership of the MSG will be a highly significant step towards realising their dream of freedom from oppression, fear and slavery, and the ability to determine their political future.