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Parliamentary questions
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1 December 2021
E-005382/2021/rev.1
Question for written answer  E-005382/2021/rev.1
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Carles Puigdemont i Casamajó (NI), Antoni Comín i Oliveres (NI), Clara Ponsatí Obiols (NI)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Human rights in West Papua

60 years ago today, the Morning Star flag was officially raised for the first time in West Papua. After an intriguing process of decolonisation from the Netherlands, West Papua was annexed by Indonesia in 1963.

For the past six decades, all Indonesian governments have been accused of indulging in policies against the West Papuan population, which could be defined as genocide.

Last year, 418 new West Papuan political prisoners were recorded as having been taken into custody. As of today, 106 remain under detention awaiting trial or have been given long prison sentences, like Victor Yeimo, an independence movement symbol, who has been charged with treason.

Continuous violations of human rights in West Papua are denounced every year in reports by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

The EU signed a framework agreement with Indonesia in 2014 wherein ‘human rights’ were mentioned up to 17 times. Since 2016, 10 negotiation rounds have taken place for an EU‑Indonesia free trade agreement.

1. Will respect for human rights in West Papua and the release of political prisoners such as Victor Yeimo be a condition for negotiating a free trade agreement with Indonesia in the 11th negotiation round?

2. Will the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy ask the Indonesian Government to authorise a visit to West Papua by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights?

3. What amount of funds have been allocated to West Papua by the Commission since 2001 and for what purposes?

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