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West Papua independence petition is rebuffed at UN

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Exiled leader Benny Wenda presents smuggled petition to decolonisation committee but chair says Indonesian takeover of province is not on its agenda The UNs decolonisation committee will not accept a petition signed by 1.8 million West Papuans calling for independence, saying West Papuas cause is outside the committees mandate. In New York on Tuesday, the exiled West Papuan leader Benny Wenda presented the petition banned by the Indonesian government, but smuggled across Papua and reportedly endorsed by 70% of the contested provinces population to the UNs decolonisation committee, known as the C24 and responsible for monitoring the progress of former […]
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