PCC condemns alleged institutional racism in West Papua

Free West Papua ... Activists during a silent protest at the Fiji Womens Crisis Centre office in Suva on Wednesday, September 04, 2019. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE Pacific Conference of Churches has strongly condemned the alleged institutional racism against the indigenous people of West (Tanah) Papua.

A statement from the PCC said this had led to violent attacks against Papuan students in Surabaya and protests in Manokwari and Jayapura, and also to an increase of Indonesian militarisation in Papua.

PCC general secretary Rev James Bhagwan and PNGCC general secretary Rev Roger Joseph who both visited West Papua as part of a World Council of Churches delegation last month said this latest example of oppression of Papuan people underlined the need for an urgent investigation of ongoing abuse of human rights, the economic, social and cultural and political rights of West Papuans, by the United Nations.

The two were part of the Reweaving the Papua New Guinea Ecological Household Conference organised by the Papua New Guinea Council of Churches, in collaboration with the Pacific Conference of Churches and Pacific Theological College.

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