Papua: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 13th February 2019.

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Photo of Helen Goodman Helen Goodman Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic steps he is taking to ensure that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is granted full and unimpeded access by the Indonesian Government to West Papua.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Minister of State

The British Government is following the situation in Papua with close interest. Officials press the Indonesian authorities to address legitimate human rights concerns, including upholding the right of all citizens to peacefully protest, and to support the sustainable and equitable development of the province through political dialogue. Officials have discussed the proposed visit by OHCHR officials with Indonesian officials and stated UK support for an OHCHR visit to Papua.

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