23 Mar 2017

Petition seeks NZ govt stand on abuses in West Papua

From , 4:04 pm on 23 March 2017

A public petition in New Zealand has urged government to take a strong stand on the human rights situation in West Papua.

Activist Maire Leadbeater presented the petition, with 729 signatures on it, to the Foreign Affairs and Defence Select Committee at parliament.

This petition focuses on continued abuses of the right to freedom of expression and assembly in Indonesian-ruled Papua region, citing thousands of arrests of people taking part in peaceful demonstrations last year.  

Ms Leadbeater says the petition simply asks government to recognise the abuses and to take a strong stand on them.

Maire Leadbeater wears a "Free West Papua" shirt as she answers questions on her petition urging the government to address human rights issues in West Papua.

Maire Leadbeater wears a "Free West Papua" shirt as she answers questions on her petition urging the government to address human rights issues in West Papua. Photo: RNZI / Daniela Maoate-Cox

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