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Urgent action to PNG and Australian governments
Australia West Papua Association
7 Dec 2000
(Since the events of the 1st December, there has been a crackdown by the Indonesian military in West Papua. Much of the West Papuan leadership has been arrested, and at least 200 refugees are on the PNG border seeking safety.( One PNG official has raised fear of possible pursuit across the border after refugee). AWPA has written to the PNG Government and the Australian Foreign Minister ( below). We encourage groups and individuals to also write along similar lines.)
Joe Collins, Australia West Papua Association, Sydney ___________
Honorable Sir Mekere Morauta, MP
Dear Prime Minister
Hon Alexander Downer MP
Minister for Foreign Affairs
(Please note: e-mail correspondence should include your postal address. Responses will not be made via e-mail).
Dear Mr Downer,
The Australia West Papua Association , Sydney, is writing to you concerning unfolding events in West Papua, particularly in relation to the West Papuan Refugees fleeing across the border into Papua New Guinea. These West Papuan refugees are fleeing the brutal crack down by the Indonesian military after peaceful celebrations held by the West Papuan people to honor their Morning star Flag, which holds great symbolic meaning to the West Papuan people.
We ask you to use you good office to urge the PNG Government to accept these refugees and offer them protection from the pursuing Indonesian military. Reports indicate that the Indonesian military may be crossing the border in hot pursuit of the refugees. We also urge you to offer the PNG government financial aid to look after these refugees.
We also urge you to communicate to the Indonesian Government the Australian Government’s concern about the human rights abuses which are presently occurring in West Papua,
Urge the Indonesian government to control its military in West Papua
Urge the Indonesian Government to release all political prisoners
And urge the Indonesian government to continue with the peaceful dialogue with the West Papuan leadership.
And please also write to: The Prime Minister, John Howard, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia.