Greens: Foreign Minister more hollow than parody on West Papua

Media Release

Dr Richard Di Natale – Greens Senator for Victoria

June 6, 2013

 Australian Greens Senator, Dr Richard Di Natale, has condemned the Australian Foreign Minister’s comments in Senate Estimates where he blamed the escalating tensions in West Papua on the international human rights movement.

“Senator Carr’s comments are a clear acknowledgement that human rights abuses, killings and incarceration of political prisoners in the province of West Papua are escalating but rather than show leadership he has blamed people like me who are campaigning for an end to the violence,” said Senator Di Natale

“To imply that I am in some way responsible for the atrocities inflicted on the West Papuan people and to label my advocacy for the West Papuan people as the ‘Greens latest cause de jour’ and ‘a cruel deceit by self-indulgent people’ is both offensive and patronising.

“It is patronising to the people of West Papua, who are not taking their cues from me but are actively engaged in a local movement for self-determination. It also makes me wonder what Minister Carr thinks about the many Australians who campaigned for an end to violence in East Timor or for Nelson Mandela to be freed from prison.

“Filep Karma is currently serving a 15 year prison sentence simply for flying the West Papuan Morning Star flag but according to Minister Carr, any foreigner who flies a flag as a way of highlighting this injustice is ‘planting in the minds of people who actually live in the place, the notion that this campaign has some sort of international resonance’.

“Uncannily, an old episode of the show Hollowmen aired last night on ABC and it focused on Australia’s response to human rights abuses in West Papua. Surprisingly, even though it is supposed to be a parody demonstrating how best to give the impression of action while doing nothing, the response on the show was stronger than what we’ve actually seen from Labor.

“The time has come for Australia to step up and ensure that the continued Australian funding of the Indonesian defence forces only continues if we see an end to the human rights abuses in the region.”

Footage of Senator Di Natale’s questions to the Foreign Minister and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade can be viewed here:


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2 thoughts on “Greens: Foreign Minister more hollow than parody on West Papua

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  1. Though both Mr. B.Carr and Dr.RDNatale shows their statemanship stature on expressing views and comments on the issues that it of local,regional and international importance, Dr.R.Di Natale’s points presented (in his condemnation of Aussie’s Foreign Minister (Mr. Bob Carr’s) comments relating to the human Rights issue in West Papua) indicate true statemanship.

    Lest Mr.Carr forget or may never wanted to know that Human Rights abuses againsts Papuan people in West papua has been and is being continuously committed by the Indonesian authority not because of Papuans increases their demand for Independence as encouraged by any international human rightist or group.

    Regional and International Human Rifhts (indivudual and group) support given to West Papuan struggle for self determination (if any) is of recent development while hundreds of thousands of Papuans have died and suffered since the denial of their rights in 1969 so called act of free choice.

    Patronising and paternalistic attittudes of leaders like Mr. Bob Carr does cause a lot of naivety against just struggle of a people. It lead to simultaneous unyielfing and painful struggles of colonised and continuous rights abuses and killings of colonised by coloniser.

    Ignatius Mujijauw.

  2. I would like to note that Senator RIchard Di Natale has raised the issue once again of revelations that the severe oppression being forced upon the indigenous people of Papua/West Papua.
    It was quite disappointing that Senator Bob Carr, Australia’s Foreign Affairs minister went on to say that all was in hand and that Australia’s Embassy was in fact fully aware of the serious acts of violence and shootings and were awaiting on evidences acceptable to them as to whether they intend to pursue this matter along with many other reports of similar police and military personnel, along with the part Australian trained detachment 88 that they too are alleged to be engaged in targeting particular individuals for follow up interrogation and possible prison sentences being imposed upon those targeted indigenous persons.
    These arrest purposes are generally sinister in that their undertakings will involve harsh interrogation techniques, at times also involving the torture of persons claimed to be acting as terrorists and or other similar unsubstantiated charges.
    Australia’s Foreign Affairs minister appears to be somewhat reluctant to delve too deeply into the many reports of violent police and Indonesian military actions to disperse any and all peaceful protest rallies at the pointing of weapons and firing live of ammunition that generally result with a number of peaceful protesters being killed in these actions.
    More news of this ongoing slaughter-house activity carried out by the Indonesian military when such advices further come to hand..

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