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