Friday, March 14, 2014

1) HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES COVER FOR PRO-INDEPENDENCE CAMPAIGN, JAYAPURA BISHOP SAYS

1) HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES COVER FOR PRO-INDEPENDENCE CAMPAIGN, JAYAPURA BISHOP SAYS
2) VANUATU DRAWS PRAISE FOR REMARKS ON WEST PAPUA AT UN
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1) HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES COVER FOR PRO-INDEPENDENCE CAMPAIGN, JAYAPURA BISHOP SAYS
1) HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES COVER FOR PRO-INDEPENDENCE CAMPAIGN, JAYAPURA BISHOP SAYS
Jayapura, 13/3 (Jubi) – Human rights issues raised by Papuan diplomats overseas only revolve around their campaign for independence,  Jayapura Bishop Leo Labaladjar said.
He was commenting on Vanuatu Prime Minister Moana Kalosil’s speech at the session of the UN Human Rights Council on March 4.
“He made a five minute speech or more in Geneva and raised the issue of human rights in Papua. I am not sure which human rights abuses or cases he was talking about. Are they from the present or the past? I did not follow the speech and could not find the text,” the Bishop told reporters after the inauguration of Dr Neles Tebay, Pr as chairman of the School of Philosophy and Theology (STFT) of Fajar Timur in Padangbulan, Jayapura on Thursday (13/3).
He said Kalosil’s speech was a Vanuatu domestic affair and the “stuff” he had raised the issues in the past.
“If it is purely addressed in the name of human rights, that’s not a problem as long as it is true. People overseas talk generally and their messages could vary.All I knew there was a rally when Vanuatu’s prime minister delivered his speech,” the Bishop said.
When asked regarding human rights issues in Papua that have drawn increasing international attention, Labaladjar said it was due to the campaign of Papuans overseas.
“I think behind this political issue is they want independence. We ourselves do not keep silent. We have protested human rights abuses and if these issues are known internationally, it’s their business,” he added.
Yusak Pakage, a former Papuan political prisoner said  the bishop’s statement was false.
“Human rights abuses  occurred in Papua because Papua want independence,” Pakage told tabloidjubi.com in Padangbulan, Jayapura on Thursday (13/3). (Jubi / Aprila/ Tina)
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2) VANUATU DRAWS PRAISE FOR REMARKS ON WEST PAPUA AT UN


                                                       PRIME MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF VANUATU (Jubi)


Jayapura, 13/3 (Jubi) – Vanuatu Prime Minister Moana Carcasses Kalosis said his remarks highlighting human rights abuses in West Papua at the UN Human Rights Council’s 25th session have won praise from other leaders and human rights groups.
“Vanuatu is the only country in the world that is not afraid to stand up and speak out for the rights of freedom for the people of West Papua in both the United Nations (UN), or other meetings anywhere in the world,” Kalosil said told acting Prime Minister  Willie Jimmy Tangapararua,  senior government officials and representatives of West Papua on his arrival in Vanuatu on Sunday (9/3).
He stated not all countries around the world supported Papuans’ struggle for  freedom or showed concerns about the suffering and brutality faced by the people of West Papua.
“I fully agree with the late Reverend Walter Lini, the first Vanuatu prime minister, who said that Vanuatu is not fully independent until other colonized people within Melanesia regions are liberated politically,” he said.
Edward Natapei, Vanuatu’s foreign minister, told Jubi (12/3) that after delivering a speech in the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Kalosil met with one of the members of the UN Human Rights Committee from South Africa, Zonke Zanele Majodina.
“The Prime Minister said  that the chairman of one of the UN Human Rights Committee from South Africa  admired the courage of the Prime Minister to stand up and speak for the freedom of the people of West Papua. He also said the leaders of the world who he met after his speech also said the same thing. “Natapei said via telephone.
In his speech at the UN session Kalosil urged experts, international journalists and international NGOs to visit Papua to help end the silencing of the voice of West Papua, and said it is important to reopen the history of West Papua.
“From various sources, it is obvious that the Melanesian nation in Papua is the black sheep of the cold war and a victim of the exploitation of its rich ral resources ,” Kalosil said.

He then quoted Ortiz Sanz, the UN chief envoy who organized “The Act of Free Choice” in West Papua in 1969 who likened Papua to a cancer that must be eliminated’.
“If the UN special envoy, Mr. Ortiz Sanz has likened Papua to a cancer within the United Nations and his task was to remove it, then from what we have seen is very clear now that this cancer is never eliminated but merely covered up. One day, it will be diagnosed. We should not be afraid if the UN had made mistakes in the past. We must admit our mistakes and correct them. ” Kalosil said in his speech. (Jubi / Victor Mambor/ Tina)

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