West Papua solidarity groups in New Zealand have launched a petition calling for the New Zealand government to speak out about human rights in the Indonesian region.
Green MPs have been among protestors outside the Indonesian Embassy in Wellington today marking the death of a teenager Owen Pekei last week.
The high school student was displaying the outlawed West Papuan independence flag when he was killed, allegedly by security forces.
A spokesperson for the group Catherine Delahunty says 3000 people have been arrested since May so far this year at rallies.
The groups say the situation is at breaking point with young people being arrested for nothing more than peacefully marching or carrying a placard.
The groups are hoping to get thousands of signatures on the parliamentary petition before the end of August calling for fundamental UN guaranteed freedoms to be respected in West Papua.
"We cannot be silent about these abuses in our backyard, especially with the Prime Minister's imminent trip to Indonesia," said Ms Delahunty.