‘The Human Rights Crisis in West Papua’: Meeting of All Party Parliamentary Group on West Papua, Tuesday June 4 2019

May 28, 2019

There will be a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on West Papua (APPG) on Tuesday June 4, 5:00PM – 6.30PM in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House, Bridge Street, London, SW1A 2LW, United Kingdom.

The meeting will be chaired by Alex Sobel, with four speakers focusing on the continuing human-rights crises in West Papua. Parliamentarians, press and members of the public are welcome to attend.


  1. Alex Sobel MP, Chair of APPG on West Papua: Introduction
  2. Benny Wenda, Chair United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP): The State of the West Papuan Struggle
  3. Peter Prove, International Director, World Council of Churches (WCC): The World Council of Churches 2019 delegation visit to West Papua
  4. Dreli Solomon, First Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Vanuatu, Belgium: The Republic of Vanuatu’s support for West Papua
  5. Jennifer Robinson, Co-founder, International Lawyers for West Papua: West Papua’s legal right to self-determination.

Please note that this APPG meeting was rescheduled from one in May. Apologies for any inconvenience this rescheduling may have caused.

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West Papua: moving up the agenda

The All Party Parliamentary Group for West Papua was founded in October 2013. For further information about the APPG on West Papua see: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/190102/west-papua.htm

There has been a lot of attention by the UK Parliament to West Papua so far this year: at least ten Parliamentary Questions, an Early Day Motion signed by 30 MPs, a dedicated Westminster Hall debate, and four other parliamentary debate mentions.

West Papua has made great strides in its campaign for self- determination from Indonesia. Two committees of the United Nations – the UN Decolonisation Committee (2017) and the Human Rights Council (2019) – have now received copies of a petition signed by an unprecedented 1.8 million West Papuans for a referendum on independence. For further information see: http://www.ipwp.org