West Papua leader- ‘it’s time to take this to the UN’

Octovianus Mote was denied entry into West Papua earlier this year. It was the second time a leader from the ULMWP was refused into the country. Image: PMC

A West Papua leader says he hopes this weeks Pacific Islands Leaders Forum will push the freedom for West Papua movement towards the United Nations for review.

In an interview with Marianas Varietysecretary general of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, Octovianus Mote, stated that if the UN does not help with the Indonesian occupation and genocide in West Papua by 2020 “it will be too late”.

“Indonesia is using sovereignty as a means to slaughter people,” Mote said. “Australia says this is an internal issue. No, it is not. Sovereignty is not a reason to slaughter your own people.”

In the article, Mote stated that Indonesia has continued to ignore human rights abuses, despite many nations raising concerns during its Universal Periodic Review before the UN Human Rights Council in 2012.

Read the full article on Marianas Variety.

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