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17 September 2016

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I see that the Indonesians are a bit pissed that certain Pacific nations have expressed concern about the on-going colonisation of West Papua.

Pacific island countries have criticised Indonesia's human rights record in its Papua and West Papua provinces, using speeches at the United Nations General Assembly to call for self-determination in the region.

Delegations from Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and Tonga all expressed concern over the provinces, which are located on the western half of New Guinea island and are home to a mostly Melanesian population.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said alleged human rights violations in the Indonesian provinces were linked to the push for independence.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-26/indonesia-pacific-islands-spar-at-un-over-human-rights-autonomy/7878292

Interestingly Papua New Guinea is noticeable by its absence from commenting. So much for Melanesian solidarity. Mustn't upset the neighbours.

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