WEST PAPUA: Mote presses for Pacific human rights fact-finding mission – PMW

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MIL OSI Analysis – Pacific Media Watch’s Alistar Kata reports on West Papua and Octo Mote’s visit to New Zealand. Video: PMC

AUCKLAND (Pacific Media Watch): The Pacific Island Forum (PIF) leaders meeting in Papua New Guinea is a few weeks away and the secretary-general for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Octovianus Mote, has visited New Zealand to lobby the government to support human rights.

The Indonesian-ruled region of West Papua is now on the agenda at the PIF and Mote says the ULMWP wants Pacific leaders to set up a fact-finding mission.

“West Papua has had 53 years of human rights violations and there is an ongoing genocide. There are so many academic reports and human rights reports about it,” he says.

“We are really calling for the Forum to form a fact-finding commission and to conduct a human rights assessment of West Papua.”

Earlier this year the liberation movement was granted observer status to the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).

Despite not gaining full membership, Mote said it was a victory for West Papua.

This year’s Forum is on September 7-11 in Port Moresby.

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.

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