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NGO calls for support

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Thursday, September 25, 2014

THE NGO Coalition of Human Rights said it would lobby the government to take a stand on our Pacific brothers from West Papua who are suffering human rights violations, discrimination and abuse.

Leading human rights activist Shamima Ali in an interview yesterday said it was important Fiji — being a Pacific brother took a role in the fight against torture and human rights violations in West Papua.

"We will lobby the government to make a stand on it.

"At the same time , we understand the relations Fiji and other Pacific Islands have with Indonesia and we respect that," Ms Ali said.

While campaigns for the past three months were well observed by many Fijians especially youths, Ms Ali said it was important that more awareness was carried out for the sake of our brothers and sisters who were victims of torture.

She added the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre was also carrying out research and documentation particularly on women and children in West Papua.

Meanwhile, the We Bleed Black and Red Free West Papua campaign continues for civil societies and NGOs in the country and they called on more Fijians to join in the fight against torture.

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