European MPs present paper calling for West Papuan independence referendum
Posted at 03:36 on 01 December, 2006 UTC
European MPs are presenting a written declaration calling for a referendum on independence for Papuans living
under Indonesia rule.
The written declaration - the European Parliament’s equivalent of an Early Day Motion in the House of
Commons - is being launched today to coincide with West Papua Independence Day, December 1st.
It includes a call for the European Union to intervene in forcing Indonesia to respect human rights in Papua
province, and grant the province a free and fair referendum on independence.
One of the Declaration’s sponsors, South East England MP Caroline Lucas, says Papuans were promised
a referendum on independence when the Dutch former colonial rulers withdrew from the country four decades ago, and they are
The Written Declaration needs to attract the support of half the European parliament’s 732 members to
become official policy.