West Papua: the Pacific's secret shame

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The latest from on the ground in West Papua. A weekend conference. Friday 1 August, 6.30-8.30pm

Saturday 2 August, 9am-5pm

Faculty of Law, The University of Auckland

Level 2 (Friday) and Level 3 (Saturday)

9 Eden Crescent, Auckland 1010·

-The urgent need to improve media and international NGO access to West Papua.

-New Zealand’s historical and current complicity with Indonesia, including providing police and military training and condoning environmental exploitation.

-Support for West Papua in Melanesia and Indonesia’s attempts to undermine this support through the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

-Is West Papua the new East Timor?

-Political panel with representatives from major parties.

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Keynote speaker

Victor Mambor, Chairperson for the Alliance of Independent Journalists (Papua chapter)


Other speakers include

Prof. David Robie (Director, Pacific Media Centre, AUT)

Dr. Elizabeth Stanley (Victoria University of Wellington)

Maire Leadbeater (Human Rights activist)

Paul Bensemann (Independent NZ journalist)

Johnny Blades (Radio NZ reporter - via video link)

Paula Makabory (West Papuan human rights activist, Melbourne) tbc

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