Sunday, September 28, 2014

Representative meeting calls for the release of French journalists and indigenous leader, Areki Wanimbo detained in West Papua


Representatives from the journalists union EPMU, from the Melanesian community as well as Church figures and human rights activists from several NGOs came together in short ceremony at St Matthews Church in the City.   St Matthews Vicar Dr Helen Jacobi led the proceedings.

Similar events were scheduled to take place today on the steps of Parliament in Wellington and in Sydney outside the Indonesian consulate.

‘Our Government must act on behalf of the two documentary makers and the local leader they met with in Wamena West Papua.  They were trying to tell a story that the world needs to hear.  The incoming Indonesian President has said international journalists should be free to go to West Papua but this draconian reaction to ‘visa irregularities’ sends the opposite message.’

The letter  signed among others by Helen Kelly, CTU President will be sent to Prime Minister elect John Key and his soon to be appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs.