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The ULMWP’position and the Melanesian Spearhead Group

July 16, 2015

Comment by the Executive-Director of LP3BH

A recent statement made by the Prime Minister of Fiji, Frank
Bainimarama, who said that the fact that the Melanesian Spearhead
Group/MSG. made it possible for both the United Liberation Movement
for West Papua (ULMWP) and Indonesia to attend the recent meeting of
the MSG means that the MSG is in a position to facilitate the solution
of the problems being faced by the Melanesian people living in West
Papua and elsewhere Indonesia.

This statement shows that the leaders of the MSG are well aware of
the social and political problems and the cultural problems that have
confronted the Melanesian people who inhabit the Cenderawasih Land for
many years.

This means that the opportunity for including on the agenda the
problems that are of crucial importance in resolving the basic human
rights problems that have confronted the people in the Land of Papua
for that past fifty years is more likely now than ever before, and is
being widely discussed at almost every meeting as well as between the
leaders representing the various countries within the MSG.

In this connection, speaking as the recipient of the John Humphrey
Freedom Award in 2005, Canada. I urge all human rights organisations
in the Land of Papua and throughout the world to make a positive
contribution by providing all the information that is available about
the violations of human rights that have been occurring for the past
fifty years. Furthermore, I call on the MSG, via the intermediary of
its Secretariat General, to become a key pillar for the resolution of
these problems, from now on.

Of course it goes without saying that resolving these human rights
violations should be done through legitimate channels by using the
various national and international institutions, in particular with
the support of the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights,
based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Peace!

Yan Christian Warinussy, Executive Director of the LP3BH Manokwari –
the Institute for Research and Analyzing and Development for Legal Aid

Translated by Carmel Budiardjo

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