Thursday, May 26, 2016

1) PNG restates West Papua concerns

2) West Papua report given to Ban ki Moon at Humanitarian Summit

1) PNG restates West Papua concerns
11:39 am today
Papua New Guinea's prime minister says his government is concerned about what is happening in West Papua and has expressed this directly to Indonesia's President Joko Widodo.
Peter O'Neill made the comment on FM100's radio talk back show while responding to questions from the public about West Papua.

The prime minister has previously spoken of the need for PNG to speak out about ongoing human rights abuses in his country's neighbouring territory.
On talkback yesterday, Mr O'Neill indicated West Papuans were welcome in PNG.
"We are equally concerned about what is happening in West Papua," he said.
"We have expressed that directly to the highest authority including the President this year particularly the human rights issue and for autonomy."
The prime minister said that as chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, PNG had written to President Widodo, requesting to send a fact-finding team of Pacific Island leaders to West Papua to talk directly with the people themselves.
"The response we received from Indonesia is they welcome such a dialogue and appreciative of our desire for West Papua have some more autonomy, whether that will be self-determination or not is something that can be worked on towards," he said.
The prime minister's comments follow criticism by the chairman of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, Manasseh Sogavare, that Indonesia has failed to respond to requests for engagement over Papua by both the Pacific Forum and the MSG.
After their special summit scheduled for Port Vila earlier this month was postponed, MSG leaders were now expected to meet in Port Moresby in coming days.

Port Moresby meeting

The MSG leaders meeting is expected to coincide with a summit of the African Carribean and Pacific Group that PNG is hosting.
"So I am aware we will have an MSG side meeting at the weekend," Mr O'Neill is reported in the Post Courier as saying, "and some of the issues will be brought up during the ACP summit which is coming up next week."
Vanuatu's Daily Post newspaper reports that the country's Prime Minister Charlot Salwai and his Foreign Minister Bruno Leingkone will be attending.
Mr Salwai has clearly stated his government's support for the United Liberation Movement of West Papua's bid for full membership in the MSG.
Indonesia is also seeking full membership, although Mr Salwai is also proposing that Indonesia's current associate membership in the group be cancelled.

2) West Papua report given to Ban ki Moon at Humanitarian Summit
9:23 pm GMT+12, 25/05/2016, Turkey

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon has been presented with the West Papua Fact Finding Mission Report titled "We Will Lose Everything" by PIANGO’s executive director, Emele Duituturaga.
Duituturaga presented the report to Ban Ki Moon during day two of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. The report was received by the assistant Secretary General.
Duituturaga who captured the handing over in a photograph said she was privileged to have had a brief exchange with Ban at the end of the summit.
The handover comes after Duituturaga addressed the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) plenary on day one calling for United Nations intervention on human rights violations in West Papua.
“PIANGO strongly advocates human-rights based approaches and we commit to upholding norms that safeguard humanity, specifically in relation to speaking out on violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws,” she said.
“In the Pacific, we have our share of conflict induced humanitarian challenges. We applaud the closing of the Manus Refugee camp in Papua New Guinea, we are concerned about the conflicts at the Nauru detention centre and we call for UN intervention for human rights violations in West Papua.”
“As a leading civil society organisation, the Pacific Islands Association for Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO), representing NGOs in 21 Pacific Islands Countries and Territories, is committed to this Agenda for Humanity.”
“In the Pacific where 80% of our population are rural based, the first and the last response is always the local response and so we need to reinforce local leadership, strengthen community resilience and reprioritise localisation of aid.”
She said while governments remain the driver at the national level, community engagement is the lever.
“PIANGO is committed to facilitate effective coordination of local and national civil society organisations with the complimentary role of international NGOs.”
“We also expect our leaders to match the ambition of this agenda with national and regional strategies and accountability mechanisms for inclusive and participatory implementation, bringing all stakeholders together and at all levels - to include government, civil society, private sector, academics, parliamentarians, local authorities, faith communities and UN agencies.”
The summit which had 9000 participants from 173 states, including 55 heads of state, hundreds of private sector representatives and thousands of people from civil society and non-governmental organisations ended Wednesday.


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