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Issue #1600      July 3, 2013

Forum on West Papua human rights

The Australia West Papua Association SA (AWPA SA) and the Australia East Timor Friendship Association (AETFA SA) are hosting an important public forum about human rights (or the lack of them) in West Papua on July 9, 2013.

The key speaker will be Dr Budi Hernawan, an Indonesian Franciscan friar who has been working in West Papua and is currently a post doctoral fellow at the Australian National University.

Other speakers will be Yan Christian Warinussy, a human rights lawyer from West Papua and Dr Jim Elmslie, Founding Co-Convener of the West Papua Project Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney. The forum will be facilitated by independent Senator Nick Xenophon.

AETFA SA is fully supporting this meeting because the people of East Timor, like the people in West Papua, have yet to receive justice as a result of the brutal crimes perpetrated against them by the Indonesian military (TNI). East Timor suffered 24 years of occupation by the TNI and lost a third of their population and the destruction of 80 percent of their infrastructure. The people of West Papua have been occupied by the TNI since 1962. At least 100,000 West Papuans have lost their lives and many more have suffered sickening human rights abuses – crimes which are still continuing because the Indonesian government cannot or will not control its military.

Other organisations hosting this meeting are:

  • United Nations Association of SA
  • Australian Institute of International Affairs (SA Chapter)
  • Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom SA
  • University of SA’s Hawke Centre

The meeting will be chaired by independent Senator, Nick Xenophon

Andy Alcock – AETFS and AWPA   

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