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West Papuan human rights tragedy mocked by new Australian PM - Al Jazeera English

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Tony Abbott's attack is the latest episode in a long tradition of Australian complicity in Indonesian state terror.

Kristian Lasslett

Kristian Lasslett is currently Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Ulster and a member of the International State Crime Initiative’s Executive Board.
Freddy Warome, one of the 'self-indulgent' activists who supports West Papuan independence from afar, after seeking asylum in neighbouring Papua New Guinea [Philippe Schneider/Al Jazeera]
Barely two weeks into office and Australia's prime minister, Tony Abbott, has committed his government to upholding an appeasement policy that has seen Australia entangled in some of the worst human rights abuses imaginable in the neighbouring region of West Papua, where a struggle for independence has been waged for over four decades.

The Abbott government's intentions, in this respect, were loudly signalled following the arrival of seven West Papuan refugees in the Torres Strait Islands last week. The asylum seekers told Australian government officials they feared persecution at the hands of the Indonesian authorities after supporting a Freedom Flotilla, which had set sail for their province.

The West Papuan group were allegedly informed that they would be flown to the Australian mainland. Instead, the asylum seekers were shuttled off to Papua New Guinea (PNG) - which became standard practice under the ousted Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd - and cut adrift in the capital, Port Moresby.
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