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Franciscans request Jakarta to halt Papua paramilitary training

Franciscans International (FI) is petitioning the Indonesian Government to call a halt to its attempts to create paramilitary forces in the Indonesian provinces that make up West Papua.

It has called on Jakarta to initaite dialogue among the various populations of different cultures and political views.
The request was affirmed, not only by a communiqué, but also by a report presented by Fr Theo van den Broek OFM, who summarised the conclusions before a group of representatives of Non Governmental Organisations and officials of the United Nations.
Fr vam dem Broek is Director of the Office of Justice and Peace of the Diocese of Jayapura, and has reported intimidation suffered by those reporting human rights abuses.

He drew attention to public documents in which the government intended to increase military presence by creating paramilitary formations.
The communiqué condemning the Indonesian policy explicitly refers to the "forty years of oppression and deprivation of human rights, dignity and fundamental liberties by the government of Indonesia".

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West Papua and Self Determination (Pax Christi Australia)
Diocese Of Jayapura-Office for Justice and Peace Centre-Report 1999

7 Apr 2003