The UK Parliament held a comprehensive hour-long debate into West Papuan human rights on Wednesday. Members of Parliament (MPs) from numerous political parties in the UK noted the historic violation of West Papua’s right to self-determination, raised concern over system human rights abuses by Indonesian security services, and called for the UK government to review.
On 15th November, immediately prior to a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on West Papua, a parliamentary debate on West Papua took place in the House of Lords, initiated by The Rt Rev. the Lord, Harries of Pentregarth, co-founder of the International Parliamentarians for West Papua (and co-chair of the APPG). A full transcript.
IPWP co-founder Benny Wenda has written this article for UK newspaper The Guardian in response to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s recent claims that the situation in West Papua is improving. Ever since West Papua was annexed and colonised by Indonesia in 1969 through a referendum ironically called the Act of Free Choice (we call.