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Senate supports Greens’ call for Red Cross access in West Papua

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Sarah Hanson-Young 20 Aug 2009

The Senate has supported the Greens’ call for the International Red Cross to be granted full access to West Papua.

A motion moved by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young this morning, calling for the Australian Government to urge the Indonesian Government to allow the International Red Cross into West Papua, was supported by the Senate.

“It is of great concern to the Greens that the International Red Cross cannot fully access West Papua,” said Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson for Human Rights.

“Australia must not ignore the reports coming out of this community in our region, citing human rights violations, and bans on media and the Red Cross.

“The Greens will continue to raise these issues in the parliament, and hope the Australian Government can play a role in assisting Indonesia and West Papua to come to a peaceful resolution.”


The motion, carried on the voices, read:

The Senate calls on the Australian Government to urge the Indonesian Government to allow the International Red Cross full and unfettered access into West Papua.

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