[Papua Press Agency] AWPA calls on PM to raise concerns about death threat to…

AWPA  is calling on Julia Gillard to raise the threat to human rights defenders in West Papua with President  Yudhoyono.     Joe Collins of AWPA  said both Julia Gillard and President Obama had just been in  Jakarta and neither  raised concerns about the human rights situation in West Papua with the Indonesian President although  they knew about the video footage of the torture of Papuans which caused outrage around the world.  
Joe Collins said "they seem to want to treat the video evidence as if it is an isolated incident but in further evidence of  human rights abuses the most recent  leaked document  shows a list   of West Papuans engaged in human rights work are a target of the Indonesian Special Force Group, Kopassus, which holds military exercises with the Australian military". 
The leaked  document shows a list of West Papuans  who are supposed to be involved with so called separatists. The list includes members of civil society organisations, church groups , activists, students and  members of the Papua People Assembly (MRP). 
 Joe Collins said " there is a systematic campaign to intimidate both   human rights defenders  and  the West Papuan peoples a whole . It is well known the the Military regularly conduct  military operations in the highlands and evidence has come to light of the recent burning of the village of Bigiragi in the Puncak Jaya Regency.    These operations leave the local people traumatized and in fear for their lives.  If the Australian Government really believes that progress is being made in Indonesia to improve  human rights, why don't they send a fact finding mission to West Papua and listen to what the West Papuan people have to say."

Info. Joe Collins Mob. 04077 857 97

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