The Australian Greens are a political party based on four key principles: ecological sustainability, grassroots democracy, social justice and peace and non-violence. Longtime advocates for protection and self-determination, the party launched Australia’s chapter of the International Parliamentarians for West Papua in 2012. Following the historic West Papuan People’s Petition signed by over 1.8 million people, Leader of the Party, Senator Richard Di Natale put forward a motion to appeal to the Australian senate to support West Papuan self-determination last October. The motion was denied.
In another step to further the advocacy work on behalf of their Melanesian neighbors, the party officially endorsed a resolution on West Papua during their national conference in Brisbane on May 20, 2018.
Here is what the Australian Greens have committed to adopt as their official party platform on West Papua:
That the National Conference of the Green Party, Australia:
– Reaffirm our commitment to West Papuan self-determination;
– Recognizes United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) as representative of West Papuan political aspirations;
– Supports West Papua to be re-registered on the UN Decolonisation list at the UN General Assembly 2019;
– Requests full disclosure of Australian assistance provided to the police and military of Indonesia used in West Papua, including the Joint Center for Law Enforcement Cooperation, Special Detachment 88 and TNI;
– Asks the Indonesian government to respect the West Papuan human rights, including press freedom and freedom of expression;
– Requests that foreign journalists access to West Papua be opened.
As a result of a workshop / presentation held at the National Conference, a consensus-approved Green Australia Member to approve an urgent resolution of West Papua.
Speakers at this workshop / presentation were:
– Dr. Jacob Rumbiak (Spokesperson, ULMWP)
– Veronica Koman (Human rights lawyer, Jakarta Legal Aid Institute)
– Dr. Jason MacLeod (Professor, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney)
– Senator Richard Di Natale (Green party) and Senator Andrew Bartlett (Leader of Australian Democrats)
See Senator Richard Di Natlae’s latest appeal for West Papua on the floor of Australian parliament: