Senin, 30 April 2012

NZ Raises Concerns Over West Papua

NZ raises concerns over West Papua

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THE Greens party in New Zealand is calling for that country’s government to take up the sensitive issue of West Papua with Indonesian leaders in the capital Jakarta.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Trade Minister Tim Groser and a 26-strong business delegation arrived in Jakarta last week on a three-day trade mission.
Greens MP Catherine Delahunty is calling on Mr Key to raise concerns about human rights, particularly the jailing of five freedom activists on treason charges.
The Torres News has been reporting on the plight of the Jayapura Five for several months amid what appears to be a blanket media blackout on the story in the Australian media.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have also expressed concern about the treatment of the activists.
Ms Delahunty told New Zealand media that West Papua was Indonesia’s “dirty little secret” and Mr Key should have the “ethical courage’” to discuss the issue.
Mr Key said he has raised the issue of West Papua with Indonesian Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan.
“One of the things he relayed to me is it’s a very complex issue,” he said.
He said Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was well-known for supporting human rights.
“In fairness, he is doing the best he can,” he said.
Mr Key said he would tell the Indonesian vice president Boediono that New Zealand was a country with a strong human rights record.
“We expect every person in the world to be treated fairly and in a way we would treat fellow New Zealanders and that is how we expect people to be treated in Papua,” he said.

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