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Papua: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 2nd March 2018.

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Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Labour, Tottenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in West Papua.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Minister of State

The Government follows the situation in Papua closely and regularly presses the Indonesian authorities to address legitimate concerns relating to human rights and restrictions on freedom of expression.

In January, Lord Ahmad met the Indonesian ambassador to London and raised reports of restricted access to Papua for journalists and investigations into alleged human rights abuses by security forces there. Our Ambassador to Indonesia, Moazzam Malik visited the province in November last year as part of his regular programme of travel around Indonesia. During the visit, he met local government officials, civil society groups, businesses and local communities and discussed human rights.

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