30 Jun 2014

Advocate wants Papua abuses addressed

5:03 pm on 30 June 2014

A human rights advocacy group is calling for a new Indonesian government to end human rights abuses by previous governments, and bring those responsible to account.

The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network, or ETAN, says the government in power following next weeks election in Indonesia should rein in military activity in West Papua.

Indonesia's Papua region: the provinces of West Papua and Papua

Indonesia's Papua region: the provinces of West Papua and Papua Photo: RNZ

The statement is supported by 32 organisations in 12 countries.

ETAN's American co-ordinator John Miller says the new government should compensate the families of those killed and survivors of torture.

"We also think it's important to give those people some closure and make clear that that kind of behaviour is no longer acceptable in Indonesia. Some of those that were responsible for ordering or carrying out those violations be brought to justice."

John Miller says that could happen in Indonesia but an international tribunal is needed to address the invasion of Timor-Leste in 1975.