PAPUA GROUP THREATENS ACTION AGAINST MLITARY

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, June 2) - A Papuan students
organization says it will mobilize the people of the province’s Central
Highlands unless the Indonesian military ceases operations in the region
immediately.

The Students Communication Forum says more than 18 people have
been killed in a military crackdown in the Wamena area following the theft of
guns from an armory two months ago.

The students say there is a need for human rights groups to be
allowed into the region to give food and medical attention to civilians, many of
whom have fled their villages.

They say the National Human Rights Commission should investigate
the armory raid and identify the perpetrators and their motives.

And the students suggest the Papuan Legislative Council should
encourage a process of dialogue as proposed by the province’s religious
leaders.

They say if the military activity has not ended by Tuesday they
will mobilize the people to take appropriate action.

June 3, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/ 

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