This policy brief, published in conjunction with the University of Warwick Politics of Papua Project, presents 14 recommendations for the United Kingdom and the international community to help bring an end to the political and constitutional conflict in the West Papua Region of Indonesia.
Since West Papua was incorporated into Indonesia in 1969, it has been de facto controlled by the Indonesian military, and Papuans have been subject to a number of human rights violations, including arrests for peaceful protests against Indonesian rule. Government restrictions have been imposed on access to West Papua by the foreign media, international observers, and NGOs, and a number of political prisoners remain behind bars.
The policy brief, written by a team of experts from the University of Warwick and elsewhere, makes a series of recommendations for British Parliamentarians and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including:
- the release of all political prisoners in West Papua;
- free access of media, NGOs, foreign academics, and foreign observers in West Papua;
- an end to all UK military training and equipment to Indonesian military and police forces until reliable mechanisms are put in place to verify their adherence to human rights standards; and
- measures to encourage key Indonesian political and economic actors to engage in an open discussion to peacefully resolve the situation in West Papua.
The policy brief is drawn from a full-length report published by the University of Warwick Politics of Papua Project, which was presented in Parliament earlier this year.
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