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Almost two million people calling for a vote on independence from Indonesia

A WEST Papuan independence leader has described handing an historic petition to the United Nations as representing “the blood and bones of his people”. More than 1.8 million West Papuans defied the Indonesian Government by signing a banned petition demanding a new vote for independence. An estimated 70 per cent of West Papuans signed the petition as it was smuggled ... Read More »

Island nations call for investigation into human rights abuses in West Papua

West Papua

SEVEN Pacific island nations have called for a United Nations investigation into alleged human rights abuses in Indonesia’s West Papua and Papua provinces where a separatist movement has simmered for decades. Vanuatu’s Justice Minister Ronald Warsal made the request during a session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, on behalf of his country as well as Tonga, Nauru, ... Read More »

Bishops in Pacific region declare support for West Papua

Pacific region Bishops

CATHOLIC bishops from across the Pacific region have declared support for West Papua to have a greater international voice. Dignity for West Papuans was a focus issue for the executive committee of the Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Pacific Islands meeting in Port Moresby.  Toowoomba Bishop Robert McGuckin and Parramatta ... Read More »

Election 2016: Human rights advocate says LNP, ALP “mute” on West Papua situation

West Papua

WITH Australia heading to a general election, Catholic Church leaders are calling on the major political parties to end their double standards on human rights advocacy in the region. Brisbane archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission executive officer Peter Arndt said successive Australian governments had ignored human rights abuses by Indonesian security forces in West Papua while condemning similar abuses ... Read More »

West Papuan report reveals country in ‘slow-motion genocide’

THE Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane has called on the United Nations to investigate human rights abuses in West Papua. The commission has issued a report documenting recent military and police intimidation, beatings and torture, kidnapping and murder in West Papua. The report concluded there has been no improvement in human rights in West Papua after a Commission Shadow ... Read More »

New Catholic report tells stories of murder, kidnapping and torture in West Papua

West Papua

ALLEGATIONS of recent military and police intimidation, beatings and torture, kidnapping and murder in West Papua, have been documented in a new Church report. The report documents Muslims being radicalised in the once predominantly Christian Papuan provinces, and “very active” Muslim militias that burn down Papuan houses. The report was compiled by the Brisbane Catholic Justice and Peace Commission’s Shadow Human ... Read More »

Camera ‘weapon’ of choice for West Papuan activist

West Papuan man Wensislaus Fatubun

A YOUNG West Papuan currently in Australia is shooting video rather than bullets in his battle to fight the intimidation, torture and massacres that are regular occurrences in his homeland.  Wensislaus Fatubun is a filmmaker and self-declared “video activist” intent on documenting the plight of his countrymen under Indonesian occupation. But the documentaries he makes put his own life at ... Read More »

A people in love with Jesus Christ

Life-changing trip: Executive officer of Brisbane archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission Peter Arndt and Carole Powell, a nurse from Morayfield on a trip to West Papua.

AS you land at Sentani airport on the north-west coast of the island of New Guinea, you are immediately struck by the stark beauty of the Cyclops Mountain Range close by. This steep, mist-circled, thickly forested rock dominates the horizon. It was named by the French navigator, Louis de Bougainville when he saw it from his ship as it travelled ... Read More »

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