Joint HRLC and Human Rights Watch letter to Australian Foreign Minister regarding West Papua

On 28 November 2011, ahead of the 50th anniversary of the first raising of the West Papuan ‘Morning Star’ flag, the Human Rights Law Centre and Human Rights Watch called on Minister Rudd to publically and unequivocally condemn the excessive use of force and suppression of peaceful protest and also deploy Australian embassy staff to Papua to monitor and observe anticipated events to mark the anniversary. In joint letter to the Foreign Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP, the two leading human rights organizations said the Australian Government should take a leadership role in promoting and protecting human rights in the troubled Indonesian province of West Papua.

See: Promoting respect for human rights in Papua: Joint HRLC/HRW letter to Foreign Minister Rudd

Also see, the related media release: Australia must act to protect human rights in Papua: Joint letter from HRLC and Human Rights Watch