23 Aug 2019

Pacific Churches condemn racism against West Papuans

From , 3:05 pm on 23 August 2019

The Pacific Conference of Churches has condemned what it calls institutional racism against West Papuans in Indonesia.

It has spoken out amid widespread protests in Papua region after an incident in Surabaya last week when Papuan students were harassed by a mob and later arrested.

According to the conference's secretary general, Indonesia's government should open up to UN human rights mechanisms to monitor the Papua situation.

Reverend James Bhagwan says the recent incidents in Java further illustrate the concerns raised about the situation in West Papua during last week's Pacific Forum leaders summit last week.

Protesters in Jakarta.

Protesters in Jakarta. Photo: Supplied