The Prime Minister (PM) of Vanuatu, Bob Loughman, in his speech at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) told the UN about the lack of progress in human rights in West Papua.
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According to Loughman, the indigenous people of West Papua continue to suffer human rights abuses under Indonesian rule.
“To date there has been little progress in this area,” Loughman said.
“I hope that the international community, through a UN-led process, takes this matter seriously and deals with it fairly.”
Prime Minister Vanuatu’s statement was immediately responded by a young Indonesian diplomat, Sindy Nur Fitri. Sindy questioned Vanuatu’s understanding of human rights.
“Vanuatu is trying to impress the world with its so-called concern for human rights issues,” said Sindy
“In fact, their version of human rights is twisted and there is no mention of inhuman and heinous acts of terror perpetrated by armed separatist criminal groups,” he said.