27 May 2013

UN Congressional hearing on human rights abuse in Papua

3:46 pm on 27 May 2013

A hearing of a United States Congressional Human Rights Commission has taken note of the deteriorating human rights situation in Indonesia's Papua region.

The hearing, which was chaired by Representative James McGovern, heard from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Indonesia's Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence.

Among those attending was John Miller of the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network who says the Commission also heard from members of the US State Department which criticised Indonesia for its treatment of minority groups in a recent report.

"It describes many of the incidents of ongoing human rights violations by Indonesian police and military that tells us that not only is the human rights community internationally well aware of what's going on but the US government is as well."

John Miller says his and other groups are working to translate that concern into action by the US government.