Wednesday, May 4, 2016

West Papua: UN must supervise vote on independence, says coalition

Exclusive: Independence leader Benny Wenda joins parliamentarians, lawyers and humanitarians demanding UN supports referendum on territory’s fate

The United Nations must pass a resolution for an internationally supervised vote for independence in West Papua, global parliamentarians and independence advocates have said.

In a meeting in London on Tuesday, the West Papuan independence leader, Benny Wenda, will join parliamentarians, lawyers and humanitarians from the UK and the Pacific region to demand the United Nations pass a resolution for an independence referendum, in order to make up for its “mistake” in allowing Indonesia to take control almost 50 years ago.

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