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Australia should confront Jakarta and pursue West Papuan rights in the United Nations: Greens.



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Senator Bob Brown Senator for Tasmania

Australia should confront Jakarta and pursue West Papuan rights in the United Nations - Greens

25th Mar 06

"Australia should respond to Indonesia's demands that we break international law protecting West Papuan refugees by taking the issue of West Papuan independence to the United Nations," Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown said this morning.

He was responding to Jakarta's petulant withdrawal of its ambassador.

"The Indonesian government's brutal crackdown on West Papua which has more than 1,000 students currently hiding in the rainforest near Jayapura, confronts human decency and the right of West Papuans to independence.

"The Australian government should make it clear it will not accept Jakarta's demands that UN conventions protecting West Papuan refugees should be broken," said Senator Brown.

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