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Melanesians’ support for West Papua strong – Natuman

Vanuatu’s deputy prime minister says the strong support for West Papuans among the people of Melanesia should eventually translate to a co-ordinated regional response.

Joe Natuman admits there are differences of approach on Papua among member governments of the Melanesian Spearhead Group about the bid for full membership by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.
Ousted Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman

Deputy Prime Minster Joe Natuman. Photo: RNZI / Kim Baker-Wilson

Deputy Prime Minster Joe Natuman. Photo: RNZI / Kim Baker-Wilson

Mr Natuman said there’s been a lot of lobbying of members by Indonesia’s government, with announcements of assistance to regional governments.

But he said people in Melanesia are firmly in support for helping Papua.

“The population in Melanesia, so far they have been very vocal. Before it was only Vanuatu, but now Solomons, PNG and Fiji. The Churches are involved, the chiefs are involved, the general populace are involved. And I sure that eventually they’ll force their attitude regarding human rights, and self-determination and independence in West Papua.”

Mr Natuman conceded that the MSG has been a bit compromised due to is budgetary shortfalls, forcing it seek more funding for its operations but he doesn’t think Indonesia’s promises of help are genuine.

Melanesians’ support for West Papua strong – Natuman was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

West Papua report given to Ban ki Moon at Humanitarian Summit

25/05/2016, Turkey, PINA.com.fj

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.


West Papua report given to Ban ki Moon at Humanitarian Summit was originally published on PAPUA MERDEKA! News