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Bob Brown's Senate Page

04 December 2000

Senate Calls for Human Rights in West Papua The Australian Senate today passed Greens Senator Bob Brown’s motion calling for the upholding of human rights for arrested West Papuan leaders.

The motion reads:

That the Senate recalls its motion of 30 November 2000 concerning conflict in Indonesia:

Expresses strong concern about the situation in West Papua/Irian Jaya;

Calls on the Australian Government to make urgent and appropriate representations to the Indonesian Government to ensure the protection of human and civil rights of detained West Papuan leaders;

Reaffirms its call on all parties to refrain from violence and instead pursue peaceful political dialogue in West Papua/Irian Jaya

The motion was opposed by the Government.

“West Papuan leaders have been arbitrarily arrested and face torture in detention, with no rights. Alexander Downer must be outspoken or share responsibility,” Senator Brown said.

Further information: Ben Oquist 02 62773170 or 0419704095

Category: Senate Office

Author: Ben Oquist