West Papuan Solidarity Groups Report Mass Arrests Of Activists in Nabire Regency

Australia West Papua Association call on Australia's Foreign Minister to speak up against abuses

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (Asia Pacific Report, July 10, 2017) – West Papuan solidarity groups have protested over reported mass arrests of Papuan activists in the Nabire regency over the past week.

Tabloid Judi reported that “hundreds of KNPB [West Papuan National Committee] activists” were arrested and transported by truck to Nabire police in Bukit Meriam, according to an eyewitness.

The Australia West Papua Association (AWPA) sent a protest letter to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in Canberra at the weekend over the arrest and alleged torture of about 150 West Papuan people — including children — in Nabire.

The arrests reportedly happened between the June 30  and July 6, according to the Free West Papua Campaign.

Joe Collins of AWPA said: “It is pointless of governments to say Indonesia is now a democracy and human rights abuses are a thing of the past. The ongoing arrests of peaceful demonstrators prove otherwise.”

AWPA has urged the foreign minister to press the Indonesian government for the release of all West Papuan activists, human rights defenders and political prisoners.

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