Declaration in London for supervised vote on West Papua
4:47 pm today
MPs from several Pacific countries and Britain have made a declaration in London calling for an internationally supervised vote on the independence of West Papua.
The group, the International Parliamentarians for West Papua, were meeting at the Houses of Parliament to discuss the future of the region which is administered by Indonesia.
According to the group Free West Papua, the British opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, reiterated his support for the struggle for freedom in the region and said he would like this to be written into Labour Party policy.
The declaration said continued human rights violations in West Papua were unacceptable, it warned that without international action the Papuan people risked extinction and it reiterated the right of people to genuine self-determination.
The declaration also said the 1969 ‘Act of Free Choice’ was a gross violation of this principle.
It called for an internationally supervised vote on self-determination in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolutions.
The gathering included Vanuatu’s Foreign Minister Bruno Leingkone, the Melanesian Spearhead Group’s Special Envoy on West Papua, Rex Horoi, Vanuatu’s Lands and Natural Resources Minsiter Ralph Regenvanu, the Governor of PNG’s Oro District, Gary Juffa, Lord Harries of Pentregarth from the UK House of Lords and Benny Wenda of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.