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At least 20 people killed as government forces crack down in West Papua

A CHURCH human rights advocate claims Indonesian militia are working alongside soldiers in a brutal crackdown on independence demonstrators in West Papua. “It’s right in our own backyard. They’re human beings being treated with contempt by Indonesian security forces and migrants,” Brisbane Catholic Justice and Peace Commission executive director Peter Arndt said. At least 20 people have died in clashes ... Read More »

New paper highlights stories of pain, humiliation, fear of West Papuans

Peter Arndt

THREE years ago, Catholic social justice advocate Peter Arndt joined an international Christian pilgrimage to West Papua and heard an impassioned plea from the survivor of an alleged Indonesian military massacre. “I now realise that it was the moment when I began to enter into a deep solidarity with the people of West Papua and to understand the radical implications ... Read More »

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 »

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