Jayapura, 13/3 (Jubi) – Vanuatu Prime Minister Moana Carcasses Kalosis said his remarks highlighting human rights abuses in West Papua at the UN Human Rights Council’s 25th session have won praise from other leaders and human rights groups.

“Vanuatu is the only country in the world that is not afraid to stand up and speak out for the rights of freedom for the people of West Papua in both the United Nations (UN), or other meetings anywhere in the world,” Kalosil said told acting Prime Minister  Willie Jimmy Tangapararua,  senior government officials and representatives of West Papua on his arrival in Vanuatu on Sunday (9/3).

He stated not all countries around the world supported Papuans’ struggle for  freedom or showed concerns about the suffering and brutality faced by the people of West Papua.

“I fully agree with the late Reverend Walter Lini, the first Vanuatu prime minister, who said that Vanuatu is not fully independent until other colonized people within Melanesia regions are liberated politically,” he said.

Edward Natapei, Vanuatu’s foreign minister, told Jubi (12/3) that after delivering a speech in the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Kalosil met with one of the members of the UN Human Rights Committee from South Africa, Zonke Zanele Majodina.

“The Prime Minister said  that the chairman of one of the UN Human Rights Committee from South Africa  admired the courage of the Prime Minister to stand up and speak for the freedom of the people of West Papua. He also said the leaders of the world who he met after his speech also said the same thing. “Natapei said via telephone.

In his speech at the UN session Kalosil urged experts, international journalists and international NGOs to visit Papua to help end the silencing of the voice of West Papua, and said it is important to reopen the history of West Papua.

“From various sources, it is obvious that the Melanesian nation in Papua is the black sheep of the cold war and a victim of the exploitation of its rich ral resources ,” Kalosil said.

He then quoted Ortiz Sanz, the UN chief envoy who organized “The Act of Free Choice” in West Papua in 1969 who likened Papua to a cancer that must be eliminated’.

“If the UN special envoy, Mr. Ortiz Sanz has likened Papua to a cancer within the United Nations and his task was to remove it, then from what we have seen is very clear now that this cancer is never eliminated but merely covered up. One day, it will be diagnosed. We should not be afraid if the UN had made mistakes in the past. We must admit our mistakes and correct them. ” Kalosil said in his speech. (Jubi / Victor Mambor/ Tina)

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