Netherlands becomes 83rd state calling for UN visit to West Papua

Netherlands becomes 83rd state calling for UN visit to West Papua

The official website of the Provisional Government of West Papua or the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMW) acknowledges the Netherlands, the former colony of West Papua (Netherlands Niuew-Guinea) as the 83rd states in the world that supports the call for the United Nations Human Rights Commission to visit West Papua. The call is to investigate various gross violations of human rights in West Papua.  Since 1961 military invaded and occupied West Papua, there have been reported widespread and systematic violations of human rights that has been categorized as the “slow motion of genocide“.

It says, “The Netherlands has become the 83rd international state calling for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to be allowed into West Papua.

Following questions posed by parliamentarians from seven Dutch political parties, the Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister stated on January 12 that, ‘it is important to have such a visit’ by the High Commissioner ‘as soon as possible’.

This official report from the ULMWP official website testifies:

The Minister also noted that the Dutch government is aware of a large number of organisations opposing the renewal of Indonesia’s ‘Special Autonomy’ provisions in West Papua. A petition signed by over half a million people is still being circulated inside the country.

The parliamentary questions and government statement follow a hearing of the Dutch Foreign Affairs Committee in November 2020, at which members of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, including Interim President Benny Wenda, addressed Dutch MPs.

Call Starts from the Pacific Island Nations

The Provisional Government claims the full support from 18 Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) member-states as well as 79 nation-states from across Africa, Caribbean and Pacific. The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain also added to the voice last November (2020) and became the 82nd country to call on the UNHCHR to intervene into West Papua.

Eighteen states in the Pacific Islands Forum called for the UN High Commissioner to be allowed in to West Papua in August 2019. Over 79 countries in the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States echoed the call in December 2019, and last November the UK government added its voice. With 83 countries now calling for Indonesia to grant UN access, the pressure on Jakarta is becoming immense.

The High Commissioner’s office has said that it still aims to secure access to West Papua, but that obstacles are being placed in its way by the Indonesian state. On November 30 last year the High Commissioner’s office put out a strongly worded statement condemning human rights abuses in West Papua.

In closing its report, the Provisional Government of West Papua says,

The ULMWP announced the formation of a Provisional Government of West Papua in December last year, pledging to retake the country and reclaim Papuan sovereignty. The Provisional Government is leading international efforts to secure a vital UN visit to West Papua, and will continue to increase the pressure on the Indonesian government.

Source: ULMWP Website

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