May 23, 2015

“Know Your Identity! – Identification and Registration of West Papuan People”


 

The National Government of the Republic of West Papua (NGRWP) and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) will organize  a  conference  on  the possibility of improving  the  human  rights situation  of  West  Papuan  refugees residing in Papua New Guinea and other states through identification and registration. The conference, entitled 'Know your identity – Identification and registration of West Papuan People' will take place on 23 May 2015 from 13:00 to 15:00 in The Hague, the Netherlands.

The conference will be preceded by the opening of the new office of the NGRWP in the Netherlands. According to the West Papua representative, the “registration of West Papuan people is very important, as this will enable the Papuan community to organize more effectively in safeguarding their culture and identity”. 

West Papuans have been victims of exclusion and discrimination of their own lands for decades. The Indonesian government does not only  prevent  West  Papuans  entitlement  to  their  lands,  but  it  also  tries  to  erase  their  history,  heritage,  beliefs, religion and identity. However, human rights violations are rarely investigated and prosecuted by Indonesian security forces. Moreover, reporters and foreign media have been prevented access to West Papua by the Indonesian government for more than fifty years. It is therefore difficult to report and document the situation.

The event will also provide an  opportunity  to  hear  cases  from  other  Peoples  who are  the  victim  of  oppression  and  statelessness  and who struggle to gain more recognition.

Additional information about the program will follow soon. For more information about the event and for registration for the event, please contact Ms Geeske Sibrijns at geeske@unpo.org