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Greens join international calls for West Papuan self-determination

The Australian Greens are joining parliamentarians around the world in advocating for the right of the West Papuan people to determine their own political future.

"On the eve of our own election being called, how can we stand by and watch democracy fail so spectacularly for one of our close neighbours?" asked Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale, who in 2012 launched Australia's chapter of the International Parliamentarians for West Papua.

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Boycott needed after torture trial farce

The Australian Greens have called for the Government to cut all military ties with Indonesia in response to light jail terms handed down yesterday to Indonesian soldiers who tortured two Papuan men.

Greens legal affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the conduct of the Indonesian government and the farcical trial of the three soldiers involved showed a "total lack of respect for human rights".

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Human Rights - Indonesia, Maluku and Detachment 88

Senator Ludlam asked:

Does Australia have a view on the 70 political activists who were imprisoned in Maluku, Ambon, Indonesia, since 2007, and have we made representations at any level on the incarceration of these pro-democracy activists? What are the specific dates and times of these representations?


Embassy officials in Jakarta engage regularly on human rights issues with government and civil society representatives, including human rights groups.

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Asia-Pacific community initiative


Senator LUDLAM-Briefly, could I come back to the conference that Senator Coonan touched on, the conference on the future of the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship that was held in Sydney earlier this year. I should just check-Mr Woolcott, were you at that conference?

Mr Woolcott-Yes, I was.

Senator LUDLAM-Can you tell us, if you have the information at hand, how much public funds were spent organising and holding the conference in total?

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