Australian Politicians Urged To Take A Stand On West Papuan Independence

Australian Politicians Urged To Take A Stand On West Papua Independence
West Papuans are not Indonesians and do not want to be a part of Indonesia.

AFRICANGLOBE – It’s not often that international issues feature in an Australian election campaign, but this year, activists for self-determination in West Papua hope that they can compel Australian candidates to make a stand on the issue of West Papuan independence from Indonesia.

It’s controversial, given Australia sides with Indonesia on the question of territorial integrity. But last week, a group called the ‘International Parliamentarians for West Papua’, which includes 17 current and former Australian MPs, convened at Westminster and signed a declaration calling for an internationally supervised vote on independence.

The group was founded by exiled West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda

 

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