Richard Di NataleFollow
Leader of the @Greens. Proud dad to Luca & Ben, partner to Lucy. Former long-suffering Tigers fan. Authorised by R Di Natale, Australian Greens, Melbourne.
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My heart goes out to those in West Papua who have lost loved ones, and those who have been hurt in yet another round of violence. At least six West Papuans have been killed by the Indonesian military while peacefully protesting, and another murdered by militia in his dormitory.
This latest step in the Indonesian government’s latest violent crackdown on the West Papuan people is appalling. West Papuans have simply been demonstrating against systematic racism and the colonisation of their country. They should not have to pay with their lives for doing so.
It’s quite clear that the Indonesian government is concealing its human rights abuses. The Australian government must end its complicity in these abuses by no longer training Indonesian security forces who have a record of committing atrocities.