2 Apr 2014

Protesters in NZ call for release of West Papuan political prisoners

2:44 pm on 2 April 2014

Protests are underway in New Zealand today as part of international action calling on Indonesia to release West Papua's political prisoners.

According to the group, Papuans Behind Bars, 76 political prisoners are being held in jails in West Papua.

A vigil will be held in Auckland tonight while Wellington activists gathered outside the Indonesian Embassy this afternoon.

A Green Party MP, Catherine Delahunty, is urging the New Zealand government to take action.

"The very least New Zealand could do is call on Indonesia to set these prisoners free, they are not criminals, they are political prisoners who should be set free, and New Zealand should stop funding the training programme for the police in West Papua instead of which, where they should be calling on Indonesia to stop the human rights abuses."

Catherine Delahunty says protests are taking place around the world outside Indonesian embassies as a sign of solidarity for the West Papuan political prisoners.