20 Dec 2012

NZ MP labels government stance on Papua "ironic"

7:22 am on 20 December 2012

The New Zealand Green Party MP says the government's stand on issues in Indonesia's Papua is ironic given its principled line when dealing with Fiji.

Catherine Delahunty has been asking more questions of the government about how it engages with Indonesia, a major trading partner, on security and human rights issues in Papua.

This includes questions about the New Zealand police training programme in Papua.

She says the Foreign Minister Murray McCully says that his government is aware of ongoing violence and rights abuses but rarely takes up such matters with Indonesia's government.

"You know, I find it very ironic that they (the government) are up in arms about Fiji and certainly things like torture in Fijian prisons are disturbing but we now have, on a weekly basis, military and police killings, harassment, torture, arrests of West Papuans who are simply standing up for their self-determination."