LONDON: There will be a Westminster Hall debate on West Papua on 8 May, and a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on 28 May 2019. Speakers at the APPG include representatives from the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, International Lawyers for West Papua, World Council of Churches and others.
Westminster Hall Debate
The Westminster Hall debate on human rights and West Papua is 4:30-5:30pm on Wednesday 8 May. The debate was called by Robert Courts MP for Witney & West Oxfordshire.
All Party Parliamentary Group on West Papua
On Tuesday 28 May, 5-7pm, Committee Room 8 there is a meeting of the APPG on West Papua. The meeting is chaired by Alex Sobel MP who is also Chair of the APPG.
- Benny Wenda, Chairman of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua;
- Jennifer Robinson, Founder of the International Lawyers for West Papua;
- Peter Prove, Director of International Affairs at the World Council of Churches;
- Others, including supportive nation states, to be confirmed.
West Papua has made great strides in its struggle for self-determination from Indonesia in recent years, building to take the issue to the UN General Assembly in September 2020. State-level support from the Republic of Vanuatu has been critical in the impending emergence of West Papua as a new nation state.
Two committees of the United Nations – UN Decolonisation Committee (2017) and the Human Rights Council (2019) – have now received copies of a petition signed by an unprecedented 1.8 million West Papuans for a referendum on independence.
If possible, please register your attendance by emailing us ([email protected]). The final agenda will be sent to those registering their attendance. Thank-you.