Ali raises concerns on Fiji continuing to remain silent and not taking a stand on Indonesia despite West Papua issue

Ali raises concerns on Fiji continuing to remain silent and not taking a stand on Indonesia despite West Papua issue

By Rashika Kumar
Wednesday 07/09/2022
Fiji Women's Crisis Centre Coordinator and Human Rights Activist Shamima Ali

Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre Coordinator Shamima Ali has raised concerns that Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere continue to remain silent and stand with colonisers, Indonesia despite the atrocities faced by the people of West Papua.

She says Bainimarama and Katonivere along with some Members of Parliament and academics attended and celebrated Indonesia's Independence Day at GPH last night with Indonesia's Foreign Minister.

She says they would like to tell these leaders that last week six elite troops of the Indonesian Forces were arrested and accused of involvement in the killing of four indigenous West Papuans and the mutilation of their bodies.

Ali further says four days ago, seven people were found guilty of treason after raising the Morning Star in West Papua.

Ali also says today, they raise the Morning Star as they do every Wednesday not only here in Fiji but the world over to stand with the people of West Papua in their ongoing struggle for independence.

She is urging all Pacific island nations to raise their voices and support West Papua’s right to self determination and independence.

We have sent questions to the Prime Minister and the President’s Office. They are yet to respond.

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