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WCC raises West Papua alarm

The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches has raised the alarm about human rights abuses being carried out against peaceful protestors in West Papua.

World Council of Churches  |  23 Sep 2019

World Council of Churches General Secretary Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit is gravely concerned by the deteriorating situation in West Papua (the Indonesian provinces of Papua and Papua Barat) especially in light of reports from church partners in the territory that peaceful anti-racism demonstrations by Papuan students have been attacked with lethal force by Indonesian military forces and armed settler militias.

“We call upon the government of President Joko Widodo to stop the violence and human rights abuses against indigenous Papuans by Indonesian military forces and militias”,  said Tveit, “and to ensure national and international humanitarian access to Wamena and other affected areas as a matter of urgency.”

Read the background stories from WCC visits to West Papua in early 2019.