Saturday, October 22, 2016

1) West Papua, Indonesia and the Pacific


2) Papua to be pilot project for tackling sexual violence cases

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1) West Papua, Indonesia and the Pacific
Free Public Lecture-Melbourne
Dr Budi Hernawan and Nic Maclellan will explore political developments in West Papua and the intractable conflicts between the Jakarta Government and its Papuan opponents. The diplomatic struggle between the Indonesian Government and United Liberation Movement for West Papua in the Melanesian Spearhead Group and the Pacific Islands Forum will also be discussed. 
The Melanesian Spearhead Group is the only forum where both Papuans, through the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, and the Indonesian Government have a seat at the same table. Human rights abuses and the behavior of the Indonesian security forces are critical issues both in the politics in West Papua and the diplomatic struggle in the Pacific. At the recent United Nations General Assembly Session the leaders of seven Pacific states raised human rights abuses in West Papua.

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http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/107338/papua-to-be-pilot-project-for-tackling-sexual-violence-cases

2) Papua to be pilot project for tackling sexual violence cases

Sabtu, 22 Oktober 2016 18:38 WIB | 833 Views
Jayapura (ANTARA News) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has plans to make the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua a pilot project for handling cases of sexual violence, according to ICRC spokesperson Ita Prawira.

Papua was selected as a pilot project because the number of the victims of sexual violence in the region was quite high, Ita said when contacted by ANTARA here Saturday.

"We have conducted research and coordinated with relevant institutions in the region, and results indicate that the number of the victims of sexual violence in the province is quite high," she said.

Although Papua had been selected, she remained uncertain which districts and towns would be the focus of the project, Ita added.

"The ICRC will not work alone, we will cooperate with the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) as partner, as we did in the previous programs," she said.

One reason for cooperating with the PMI is that people are not familiar with PMI other than as a blood bank, Ita explained.

"So, we also want to show the public that the PMI focuses on other fields such as sexual violence," she said.(*)

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