West Papua - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:38 pm on 21st February 2017.

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Photo of Lord Harries of Pentregarth Lord Harries of Pentregarth Crossbench 2:38 pm, 21st February 2017

I thank the Minister for her reply. Sadly, however, human rights violations have dramatically increased since 2014, particularly the denial of the West Papuans’ right to freedom of expression. A particularly sinister development is the appointment of retired General Wiranto, who has been indicted by a UN-sponsored tribunal for crimes against humanity. Despite what President Widodo has said about free and fair access to the press, that is simply not the case. Therefore, will Her Majesty’s Government support what is now a range of nations in the South Pacific that are continuing to raise these issues at the General Assembly of the United Nations?