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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 Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State 2:38 pm, 21st February 2017

My Lords, we should recognise that overall the human rights situation in Indonesia has improved significantly since the late 1990s. Of course, we have some specific concerns, including about respect for some communities, and the noble and right reverend Lord has raised specific issues about West Papua. Throughout all these issues of concern on human rights it is important to note that the President has made it clear that he pays more attention than his predecessors to the importance of the future prosperity of West Papua—and it is the case that prosperity tends to follow proper respect for human rights, which we uphold through the UN.