Vanuatu has always accused Indonesia of a series of human rights violations in Papua and West Papua Provinces. Vanuatu has returned the accusation at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States, Friday, September 28, 2018.
Indonesia considers the accusation baseless and only made up.
“The accusation undermines the principle of relations between countries, as well as the principles of the UN Charter,” said the Indonesian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dian Triansyah Djani.
In his accusation, Vanuatu said Indonesia ignored the rights of citizens in Papua and West Papua Provinces. The Indonesian government is also accused of discriminating against people in the eastern region.
Ambassador Dian admitted that he could not help wondering why Vanuatu could make such an accusation. He questioned what exactly was the motive of Vanuatu.
“Accusing Indonesia of violating human rights is a serious matter that is completely unacceptable,” Ambassador Dian said.
He added that Indonesia considered Vanuatu had violated an agreement related to the status of Papua around 50 years ago. At that time, West Papua was agreed as part of Indonesia.
“Vanuatu’s propaganda has violated an agreement at the UN,” said Ambassador Dian.
Last year, Indonesia strongly denied Vanuatu’s statement at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Indonesia considers Vanuatu’s accusation does not reflect the current condition of West Papua.
“At present, the Jokowi government has boosted the growth and infrastructure of Papua and its people to prosper,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said.