Detention of French Journalists in West Papua Raised at UN

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Detention of French Journalists in West Papua Raised at UN
Friday 19 September 2014 8:00pm WIB (JoyoNews1)

The Jakarta Globe

By Harry Pearl & Banjir Ambarita

Jakarta. An alliance of non-governmental organizations from Indonesia and abroad has addressed the UN Human Rights Council to demand the Indonesian government improve freedom of expression in Papua and West Papua.

In a joint oral statement to the 27th Session of the council on Thursday, Franciscans International, in coalition with 21 other NGOs, urged the government of Indonesia to improve access for foreign journalists and allow a specialist UN Special Rapporteur to enter.

“We would like to express our deep concern regarding access to Papua and West Papua, especially for journalists,” said Budi Tjahjono, of Franciscans International.

Tjahjono, speaking on behalf of the coalition, which included prominent Indonesian human rights groups Imparsial and KontraS, also requested the immediate release of French journalists, Thomas…

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