Wednesday, April 05, 2006

New Papuan boat arrivals further fuel crisis

A new boatload of asylum seekers from West Papua is alleged to have landed in Australia, deepening the diplomatic crisis with Indonesia.

The family of six reached an uninhabited island in Australian waters on Sunday, The Age has been told...Organisers of the original voyage had said that up to 600 more Papuans would seek asylum in Australia if the first group's claims were successful."

Latest reports suggest the family may have landed in PNG, but this is a crisis that will not go away quickly. The failure of Indonesia to grant genuine autonomy to Papua, and the ongoing human rights violations perpetrated by Indonesian authorities, are grounds for Papua to be referred to the UN and close international scrutiny of Indonesia's role in Papua.

Landing place of West Papuan refugees.

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