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Siteri Sauvakacolo Saturday, October 17, 2015
HUMAN rights violations particularly on women and young children in West Papua have been looked into by stakeholders in Indonesia.
These stakeholders, according to the Minister for Women Empowerment and Child Protection Dr Yohana Susana Yembise, included her and a team of non-government organisation representatives.
Ms Yembise revealed this in her courtesy visit to the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre yesterday.
She was posed a question by the FWCC legal officer Lili Vuiyasawa if victims of human rights violation have access to the human rights commission in terms of legally challenging their cases.
"We have the commission of violence against women in Jakarta and they are working very closely with the NGOs in West Papua. So they have been working together and I am sure they will come up with some solutions regarding this," Ms Yembise said.
"They sometimes come to me and we all work together and they report cases to me and we all work together to answer problems in West Papua."
FWCC co-ordinator Shameema Ali said the recent announcement by the Indonesian Government for a special envoy on West Papua was a positive announcement.
"We encourage the Indonesian Government to consider the wishes of the people of West Papua expressed through the Melanesian Spearhead Group and the Pacific Islands Forum and most recently at the UN General Assembly for the need for an independent fact-finding mission," Ms Ali said.
"We urge the Indonesian Government to consider the beginnings of a process that will heal the land of Papua.
"We remain committed to the issue of resolving the ongoing conflict in West Papua peacefully."
Ms Yembise is originally from West Papua and has been in her ministerial position for the past year.
West Papua is a disputed territory which was annexed by Indonesia from the Netherlands in 1969, which until then had been occupied by the Dutch.
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