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Human Rights Update – Statement ­ in the UK House of Lords

March 26, 2021

HLord Harries calls for sanctions on Hendroprioyono for West Papua atrocities

Human Rights Update – Statement ­ in the UK House of Lords at 1:000 pm on
23rd March 2021

(Citation: HL Deb, 23 March 2021, c741)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth

I welcome the strong Statement and the actions
that are to follow from it, but will the
Government act with consistency and similar
firmness in relation to other countries where
human rights are grossly violated? I could
mention a number, but I shall mention one that
gets almost no publicity: the continuing
atrocities and ethnic cleansing in West Papua.
For example, the retired General Hendropriyono,
the former head of Indonesian intelligence—the
BIN—has called for 2 million on West Papuans to
be forcibly removed from their homes and
relocated elsewhere in Indonesia. I know that the
Government repeatedly condemn such actions, but
will they go further, be consistent and impose
sanctions on him and others involved in what is,
in effect, an attempt to destroy a whole people and its culture?

Response from Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Again, as the noble and right reverend Lord
acknowledged, the Government have rightly
consistently called out human rights abuses, not
just in the situation he described but elsewhere
in the world. On sanctions specifically, as I
have indicated, a process is followed to ensure
that the sanctions we impose are evidence-based
and robust. We will continue to act. We do not
shy away. Many rightly challenged us for a number
of months that we were not acting on sanctioning
figures from China. We have done so, and China is
a major world power. We have not shied away from
our moral responsibility in this respect. The
fact that we have acted with 30 other countries
demonstrates the will of the international community.

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