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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
Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea
Office of the Prime Minister
Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea

Dear Prime Minister

We are writing to you with great concern about the unfolding events in West Papua. Recent reports indicate that hundreds of West Papuan refugees who are fleeing the brutal crack down by the Indonesian military on the West Papuan population , are crossing the border into PNG territory.

We urge you to accept these West Papuan refugees and give them all the aid they may require such as food, medicines and shelter. Reports also indicate that Indonesian troops may be pursuing these refugees into PNG territory and we urge you to do all in your power to protect the refugees from such pursuits.

Yours Sincerely

(Please send a copy to: The Ambassador, PNG Embassy, Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia.

Hon Alexander Downer MP
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Parliament House
ACT 2600

(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.

Yours Sincerely

And please also write to: The Prime Minister, John Howard, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia.

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