Public Seminar: Gender as a Human Rights Issue in West Papua


Frederika Korain will speak about human rights issues in West Papua with particular reference to gender issues. She is actively involved in international efforts to peacefully resolve the ongoing conflict in Papua.

The National Peace and Conflict Centre are proud to invite you to a special discussion forum with Frederika (Rika) Korain, West Papuan Human Rights Lawyer and Peace Activist. Rika Korain is a passionate advocate for justice and peace in her homeland, Papua. As a human rights lawyer, she has spent the last 13 years engaging in efforts to resolve the ongoing conflict in Papua through peaceful political dialogue. She is a tireless advocate for the experiences of Papuan women – and through her writing, campaigning and seminars has brought their voices to the fore not just in relating the conditions they face, but also in highlighting the role they can play in bringing peace to their land. A recent example of her work for women was her job coordinating advocacy for the Mamamama movement – protecting the rights of indigenous Papuan women earning their livelihoods in the Jayapura markets. Since 2001 she has worked with the Catholic Office for Justice and Peace (SKP) representing them at local and international forums in Asia, Europe and North America. Rika has a deep understanding of indigenous Papuan tribal structures and languages. Her mother tongue is Maybrang and she is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia and English. She is currently completing her Masters in Applied Anthropology through an AusAID scholarship at the Australian National University in Canberra - specializing in Gender and Development. Rika’s visit has been made possible by Caritas.

Venue: 520 Castle Street, Otago University, Dunedin

About West Papua

West Papua has been under Indonesia occupation since being colonised by them in the 1960s. Every man, woman and child in West Papua wants freedom from Indonesian rule. Papuans share no ethnic, cultural or historical ties with Indonesia. In West Papua people get 15 years in prison for peacefully raising their flag, villages are burnt down regularly by the Indonesian army in the highland region, & women and children are routinely raped by the notoriously brutal Indonesian army. There is no equality, only racism, injustice and eternal suffering. Since Indonesia colonised West Papua, it is estimated that between 500,000 and 1 million people have been killed by the brutal Indonesian military. Countless others have been raped, tortured, imprisoned or ‘disappeared’ for speaking out against Indonesian rule. Indonesia bans journalists and human rights observers from entering West Papua. They are desperate to hide the facts of the killings and crimes against humanity that they are committing there. Similarly to in East Timor where the Indonesian military committed the worst reported cases of human rights abuses in the modern era, they are now doing the same again in West Papua


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