The All- Party Parliamentary Group on West Papua, comprised of 16 MPs from all of the UK’s leading political parties, is holding a virtual Annual General Meeting on December 15 at 12:45PM. Chaired by Alex Sobel MP, the meeting will be briefed by newly appointed interim President of the Provisional Government of West Papua, Benny.
Eighty-four Papuans were arrested for ‘treason’ on November 17, 2020, in Merauke, as Indonesia moves to crush dissent in illegally occupied West Papua. Civil unrest is growing over Jakarta’s proposed extension of the failed 2001 ‘Special Autonomy’ law, set to expire on January 1, 2021. Those arrested included staff members and advisors of the Papuan.
With the UK’s recent announcement, 82 states now support a visit by the High Commissioner for Human Rights to West Papua. The more states support the visit, the harder it will be for Indonesia to continue blocking the High Commissioner’s access. Can you table a question in your parliament forcing your government to take a.