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I want to commend Moana Nui for organizing this demonstration on
behalf of our Brothers and Sisters in West Papua to help give voice to
their fight for freedom, the fight for their to right to
self-determination. This being just 2 days after the birthday of one of
the greatest freedom fighters in history: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Whom I’m sure that if he were alive and was aware of what is taking
place in West Papua, would be speaking out against it as well.
I also want to commend the people of West Papua, for their relentless
and courageous fight for their freedom, against a racist and brutal
occupation of their land
These days when I wake up in the morning and read about ongoing
developments in West Papua, including the just published West Papua
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Prime Minister of Fiji and Chairman of the Melanesian Spearhead Group
Voreqe Bainimarama received representatives of the West Papua National
Coalition for Liberation (WPNCL) in Suva, Fiji this week, in their quest
for membership to the Melanesian bloc.
The WPNCL was led by Dr Otto Ondowame, the Vice Chairman of the
grouping and included Mr Rex Rumakiek, the Secretary General and Mr
Barrack Sope, former Prime Minister of Vanuatu and adviser to the WPNCL.
,-- Human Rights Watch on Tuesday called on President Susilo Bambang
Yudhoyono to order local governments not to demolish houses of worship
and also to revoke discriminatory regulations on religious structures.
Thursday local authorities in Bekasi, just east of Jakarta, used an
excavator to demolish the new red-brick structure of the Batak
Protestant Christian Church (Huria Kristen Batak Protestan, or HKBP).
ordered the church demolished for its lack of building permit on the
request of the Islamic People’s Forum in Taman Sari (Forum Umat Islam
Taman Sari), a militant Islamist organization.
demolition of a church in Bekasi not only violates religious freedom,
but it will fan the flames of religious division in Indonesia,” Brad
Adams, Asia directo
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Office of the Spokesperson, Washington, DC March 25, 2013
The 22nd Session of the Human Rights
Council (HRC) underscored the importance of robust engagement at the
Council, where the United States continues to work with a diverse range
of countries from all regions of the world to address urgent human
rights concerns. This was the first session of the United States’ second
term on the Council, after our re-election by the General Assembly in
New York last November. U.S. leadership helped to keep the Council at
the forefront of international efforts to promote and protect human
rights. We continue to engage strategically with the goal of making the
HRC a more effective and credible multilateral forum for promoting and
protecting human rights. At the same time, the Council’s biased and
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Jayapura, 20/03 (Jubi) – Indonesia dinilai lebih peduli dengan
masalah internalnya serta posisinya di Asia Tenggara daripada
berdiplomasi dengan negara-negara Melanesia.
Jon Fraenkel, Profesor politik Kepulauan Pasifik dari Universitas
Victoria, Wellington, Selandia Baru dalam wawancaranya dengan Radio
Australia (20/03) mengatakan sudah lazim terjadi dimana isu-isu
kebijakan internasional atau regional diperjuangkan dalam politik
domestik di negara-negara Melanesia.
"Itu juga terjadi di Vanuatu dimana perbedaan antara dukungan dan
oposisi kepada pemerintah Frank Bainimarama di Fiji telah menjadi
masalah antara pemerintah dan oposisi di Vanuatu dan sekarang terjadi
pada Papua Barat.” kata Fraenkel.
Namun Fraenkel berpendapat, Pemerintah Vanuatu yang belakangan ini
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