Sign Now: #MakeWestPapuaSafe. Hold the AFP accountable

Hold the AFP accountable

This petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the Senate that:

  • Reputable human rights organisations report significant human rights violations committed by Indonesian police and military in West Papua;
  • These violations are committed with impunity;
  • The Australian Federal Police and Australian Defence Forces provide substantial support to the Indonesian police and military, including D88, Brimob and Kopassus, the worst human rights offenders;
  • The nature and extent of this support is not fully disclosed;
  • No conditionality or benchmarks are attached to this support to ensure Indonesian police and military respect human rights


We therefore ask the House to call on the Government to:

  • Condemn human rights violations everywhere, including in West Papua;
  • Vigorously raise concerns about human rights violations committed in West Papua with the Indonesian Government;
  • Take action at the United Nations to hold the Indonesian Government fully accountable for human rights violations committed by its security forces in West Papua;
  • Ensure that Australian Government aid does not enable human rights violations anywhere, including in West Papua;
  • Initiate an independent audit of the effectiveness and human rights risks associated with all programs involving Indonesian police and military receiving Australian Government funding.

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References: Indonesia: "Don't Bother, Just Let Him Die": Killing With Impunity In Papua AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL 2 JULY 2018



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  • Edward Webb
    signed 2019-04-09 07:02:28 +1000
  • Owen Ellemor
    signed 2019-04-09 07:02:26 +1000
  • Warren Sherwood
    signed 2019-04-09 07:00:04 +1000
  • Fiona Collings
    signed 2019-04-09 06:56:45 +1000
    Fiona Collings
  • Nick Deane
    signed 2019-04-09 06:56:30 +1000
  • David Bradbury
    signed 2019-04-09 06:56:05 +1000
    I am disgusted with the lack of moral conviction the leaders of AFP have to stand upto our political leaders and objecting to train young Indonesian police officers who will only turn their training to suppress the people of West Papua who have had their land and culture stolen from them by the Indonesian military. Why hasn’t the leadership of the AFP learnt from the cruelty, the barbarity of how the Indonesian military and police (Brimob) treated the people of East Timor for decades, leading to the death and torture of over 250,000 (conservative figures) East Timorese? The same has been happening in West Papua since 1962. Why won’t the AFP do what a good, well trained and morally conscious police force should do? State clearly to our political leaders who are obliging them to do this: ‘We will only train the Indonesian police and young recruits IF you allow us to seriously discuss and teach the young recruits that with policing people, as with our own indigenous Australians, comes serious responsibilty. You don’t ignore the basics of western democracy and the legal requirements of Habius Corpus (ie everyone has a right to a fair trial and not to be held indefinitely without charges laid). And certainly no-one should be the victim of brutal torture and imprisonment under barbaric conditions which countless eye witness and victim accounts from West Papuans reveals the modus operandi of the Indonesian police in West Papua and other islands of the Indonesian archipelago.
  • Fr. Claude Mostowik msc
    signed 2019-04-09 06:45:22 +1000
  • Tom Downs
    signed 2019-04-09 06:45:04 +1000
    Tom Downs
  • Jemima Amery-Gale
    signed 2019-04-09 01:34:42 +1000
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