31 Aug 2009

Dili conference calls for end to impunity for killers in Papua

8:02 pm on 31 August 2009

A conference in Dili to mark the tenth anniversary of East Timor's independence from Indonesia has demanded an end to impunity for the perpetrators of the killings of Papuan political leaders and human rights activists.

More than 200 people from solidarity groups in 18 countries gathered at the weekend to discuss the continuing need for justice and accountability in East Timor, as well as developing proposals to address current issues such as West Papua.

The conference highlighted the need for security forces involved in the killings of Papuan

leaders and activists - including Arnold Ap, Opinus Tabuni and Theys Eluay - to be held accountable.

The participants urged a peaceful dialogue between the government of Indonesia and representatives of the people of Papua.

They urged Jakarta to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the implementation of Special Autonomy in Papua region and open its results to public.

The conference also demanded the release of all Papuan political prisoners.