Forum urged to act decisively on West Papua
Once strictly confined as an Indonesian domestic issue, advances in telecommunications and Pacific regionalism have internationalised the plight of West Papuans.
For years Papuans have claimed they have been denied basic rights, particularly self-determination, and subjected to constant Indonesian state oppression.
Demographic change in the region has also left Papuans fast becoming a minority, dominated by Indonesian culture, and added urgency to the latest call by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) for help from the Pacific Islands Forum.
Its Australia-based Pacific regional ambassador Amatus Douw is travelling to Suva, Fiji, in the hope of joining discussions around tomorrow's meeting of Foreign Ministers from Forum member states.
"ULMWP believe our people and society need support on the ground from the PIF for the native peoples and territories," he said.