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House of Lords written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Lord Harries of Pentregarth Lord Harries of Pentregarth Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Indonesia about army and police brutality against members of the Papuan People's Congress on 19 October at Abepura; and whether they will call on the Government of Indonesia to enter into negotiations with elected members of the Papuan People's Congress.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

We take seriously all credible reports of human rights violations in the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua and regularly raise our concerns with the Government of Indonesia.

We are concerned by the violent dispersal of the Papuan Peoples' Congress on 19 October. We will raise this with the Government of Indonesia, calling for a full and transparent investigation into the reported deaths of six people close to the Congress venue on 19 October.

We do not support the declaration of independence made by the Papuan Peoples' Congress and believe that it is in the best interests of all the Papuan people to continue to resolve governance disputes through peaceful dialogue with the Government of Indonesia.

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