The recently elected Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, made his first trip to Indonesia and demonstrated that his Government will be all too willing to turn a blind eye to the ongoing human rights abuses occurring in West Papua.
Summary of media coverage:On his first visit to Indonesia as PM, Tony Abbott has brushed aside concerns about serious human rights violations in West Papua and instead stated that Australia will not tolerate ‘grandstanding’ against Indonesia. Rights abuses in Papua returned to the spotlight during the APEC meeting in Bali after three Papuan men entered the Australian Consulate to deliver an open letter to the Australian people before officials reportedly threatened to hand them over to Indonesian military. The PM claims the situation in West Papua is getting better, but this is disputed by a number of experts. (Summary taken from the HRLC's monthly bulletin Rights Agenda October 2013 edition.)