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Suspend military ties with Indonesia: Greens

Richard Di Natale 20 Oct 2011

Australian Greens Senator and spokesperson on West Papua, Richard Di Natale, is calling on the Australian government to suspend military cooperation with Indonesia.

Last night the Indonesian military (TNI) opened fire on the third West Papuan People’s Congress, arrested community leaders and hundreds more. There are reports from a single witness of nine delegates shot while trying to flee.

“This is the latest in a series of escalating acts of repression by the Indonesian military in West Papua,” said Senator Di Natale.

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The world is watching Papua: Greens

Richard Di Natale 19 Oct 2011

The Australian Greens today urged the Indonesian authorities to show restraint at the 3rd Papuan National Congress in Jayapura, and warned them that the world is watching what occurs.

"The Congress is a peaceful event, and the Papuan people have a right to assemble and discuss their future," said Greens West Papua spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, from the Australian Parliament today. "To meet without threat of violence is a fundamental human right that all citizens enjoy."

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Greens call for release of West Papuans in custody

Richard Di Natale 13 Oct 2011

Greens’ spokesperson for West Papua, Richard Di Natale, has expressed concern over the arrests of West Papuan activists and is calling for their immediate release.

“The Greens are concerned for West Papuan human rights defenders, Henok Dori, Noak Kandipi and Melkianus Bleskadit, who were all arrested on their way to a conference last week, and are still in custody in Jayapura and Manokwari,” said Senator Di Natale.

“We understand that some of their colleagues have been released and we call for these West Papuans to be released.”

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Greens concerned over escalation of conflict in West Papua

Richard Di Natale 11 Oct 2011

Greens’ spokesperson for West Papua, Senator Richard Di Natale, has expressed his deep concern for those involved in the violent clashes at the Grasberg mine site in West Papua, where ongoing pay disputes have led to one protester being killed and eight others injured by armed security forces.

“I was saddened to hear of this worker’s death and the injuries sustained by others protesting,” said Senator Di Natale.

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Violence in West Papua must stop

Richard Di Natale 2 Aug 2011

The Greens spokesperson for West Papua and East Timor, Senator Richard Di Natale, today condemned the horrific acts of violence that left 21 people dead in separate killings across West Papua.

"The Greens condemn all acts of violence in the West Papua region in the strongest terms," Senator Di Natale said.

“While details of the killings are yet unclear, the incidents appear to be related to the planning of large pro-independence demonstrations across West Papua.

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Victoria Serves Up More Greens - New Matilda profile

Richard Di Natale 20 Jul 2011

By Jack Brady, New Matilda

After a number of attempts, Richard Di Natale has finally been elected to the Senate. What took him so long? In the last of our senator profiles, Jack Brady looks at the record of this high-profile Victorian Green

To accompany the first Greens member in the House of Representatives, fellow Victorian Richard Di Natale broke through in last year’s election to become the first Greens Senator for the state.

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Boycott needed after torture trial farce

The Australian Greens have called for the Government to cut all military ties with Indonesia in response to light jail terms handed down yesterday to Indonesian soldiers who tortured two Papuan men.

Greens legal affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the conduct of the Indonesian government and the farcical trial of the three soldiers involved showed a "total lack of respect for human rights".

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