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Ali: Fiji PM and President continue to remain silent on atrocities in West Papua

Fiji Times - September 8, 2022

Luke Nacei – Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere continue to remain silent and stand with colonisers like Indonesia despite the atrocities faced by the West Papua, says Fiji Women's Crisis Centre (FWCC) coordinator and human rights activist Shamima Ali.

Ms Ali made the comment after Mr Bainimarama and Ratu Wiliame along with some Members of Parliament and academics attended Indonesia's Independence Day celebration at the Grand Pacific Hotel on Tuesday night with Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi.

"We 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," she claimed.

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

"This is the Indonesia the Prime Minister and President choose to stand with."Today, we raise the Morning Star as we 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.

"We urge all pacific island nations to raise their voices and support West Papua's right to self-determination and independence."

Questions sent to the President's office and Prime Minister's office on Ms Ali's comments remained unanswered when this edition went to press.

Source: https://www.fijitimes.com/ali-fiji-pm-and-president-continue-to-remain-silent-on-atrocities-in-west-papua