British government to "register their concerns" over ICRC explusion from West Papua

British government to "register their concerns" over ICRC explusion from West Papua

Papua Human Rights

British parliament raises concerns for human rights situation in Papua in general and clarification on the expulsion from ICRC from Papua to the British minister of State for Foreign and Common Wealth Affairs. Questions were raised just before the meeting in Strassbourg of the Council of Europe the 18th of may 2009.

Record of recent questions regarding West Papua put to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmhansrd/cm090513/text/90513w0006.htm

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Indonesian authorities on allegations of human rights abuses in West Papua. [275130]

Bill Rammell: I raised UK concerns with the situation in Papua and West Papua provinces in discussions with the Indonesian Foreign Minister, Hassan Wirajuda, on 10 February 2009. I stressed that greater transparency was an important element to building trust and ensuring greater peace and prosperity for the region. Embassy officials continue to monitor the situation closely and to discuss the human rights situation with Indonesian government officials—most recently on 6 May 2009—as well as civil society and community representatives from the Papuan provinces.

Papua: International Red Cross

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the government of Indonesia on its recent decision to expel the International Committee of the Red Cross from West Papua. [275129]

Bill Rammell: We have sought clarification of the reports regarding the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and their presence in West Papua from the government of Indonesia. Our embassy have been told that the ICRC field office in Papua has been closed and that the status agreements governing the ICRC’s activities in Indonesia need to be renegotiated. We hope that this can be concluded speedily. The government of Indonesia told us that ICRC officials may still visit Papua. Our embassy are also in touch with ICRC officials in Indonesia and will continue to monitor the situation closely. We are meeting with the Indonesian ambassador in London to register our concerns. I discussed access to Papua and West Papua provinces with Indonesia’s Foreign Minister, Hassan Wirajuda, most recently on 10 February 2009 in Jakarta.