West Papua a concern for PIF countries – Meg Taylor

eight_col_taylor_vicHuman rights abuses in West Papua and issues around self-determination for the indigenous people of this Indonesia-ruled region is a concerned for the Pacific Island Countries

The Forum Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor, says West Papua remains a sensitive issue for some Pacific governments, but one that needs to be debated.

She told a pre-Forum media workshop in Pohnpei that bigger countries in the region like Australia and New Zealand realise that this issue was not going to fade away as it is very important for Pacific people.

At last year’s Forum summit in Port Moresby a decision was reached to push Indonesia to allow a fact-finding mission on West Papua.

The Forum has been criticised by civil society over the fact that after a year there’s been no movement on this front – however Dame Meg said Jakarta has indicated it would not welcome a Forum delegation, and was uncomfortable with the term “fact-finding.”

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