AWPA calls on AusGov to hold inquiry into use of military aid and training to Indonesia

The Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)

Media release   19 October  2010
AWPA calls on the Australian Government to hold an inquiry into how our military aid and training is being used by the Indonesian security forces

In September the Indonesian counter terrorism unit Detachment 88 was accused of the  torture of activists in Maluku  and now  footage has shown  the torture of Papuans in the Puncak Jaya region of West Papua by the Indonesian Security Forces.
Joe Collins of AWPA said “how does the Australian military and the Government justify training these people? In light of these reports it’s time for  the Government to hold an inquiry into how our aid and training is being used by the Indonesian security forces.”
“Any idea that somehow the professionalism of the Australian military will rub off on the Indonesian security Forces is now shown to be a failure.  What psychological cost is there for our troops knowing they may have trained with these people “?

Info. Joe Collins Mob. 04077 857 97