DFAT told to stop funding human rights abuses in West Papua

Protest outside DFAT in Brisbane on September 2. Photo: freedomflotillawestpapua.org.

Supporters of the Freedom Flotilla to West Papua, including the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy, gathered outside the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Brisbane on September 2.

They were protesting against the arrest of four supporters of the Freedom Flotilla in the West Papuan city of Sorong on August 28 and who are now facing charges of treason for raising the West Papuan Morning Star flag.

According to Papuans Behind Bars, there are 57 Papuans imprisoned for simple acts of cultural and political expression. Despite this and documented extrajudicial killings and torture, Australia continues to fund, train and supply the Indonesian military and police.

Amnesty International has called on the Indonesian authorities to drop the charges.

Read related story: Freedom flotilla sails into West Papua.

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