2 Oct 2012

PNG to raise Papua human rights concern with Jakarta

3:27 pm on 2 October 2012

The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O'Neill, says his government intends raising concerns about human rights abuses in neighbouring Papua with the Indonesian Government.

He says foreign affairs officials are to deliver a letter spelling their concerns to the government in Jakarta

Mr O'Neill has told local television station EMTV he will also raise the matter during the upcoming democracy conference in Bali.

He says while his government continues to recognise the territorial integrity of Indonesia, it also wants to bring to Jakarta's attention concerns raised by PNG citizens about human rights abuses in Papua.

"We will deliver a note, through a diplomatic note, raising that our citizens are concerned about some of the reports that we are getting from Irian Jaya, West Papua, on the human rights abuses that are taking place. So it is appropriate for us to sent that note."