Wednesday, June 13, 2018

West Papua issue could attract more attention after Indonesia's promotion to UN Security Council


Pacific Beat with  Catherine Graue,  Bruce Hill
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West Papua issue could attract more attention after Indonesia's promotion to UN Security Council

By Nick Fogarty on Pacific Beat

Now that Indonesia has been elected to the UN Security Council for a two-year term starting in 2019, observers of the situation in West Papua are hoping that additional power will generate extra scrutiny on Jakarta and its relationship with the disputed province.
As the Free West Papuan movement continues its decades-long struggle for independence and highlights ongoing human rights abuses, Indonesia say they hope to use their new position at the UN to work on conflict resolution and peace-building.
A co-founder of the West Papua Project at Sydney University, Dr Jim Elmslie, says Indonesia's promotion on the international stage is an important development that puts the South-East Asian nation firmly in the spotlight.
Duration: 3min 21sec
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