MEDIA RELEASE

Embargoed: 12.30pm, Thursday, 15 February 2007

TV ad calls for West Papua human rights clause in Indonesia Treaty

A new TV advertisement promoting human rights for West Papuans will be launched in Canberra by:

* Peter Andren MP, Duncan Kerr MP, Senator Kerry Nettle, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja
* Clemens Runawery, an exiled West Papuan visiting from PNG
* Sonny Karubaba, West Papuan student leader visiting from PNG
* Sonia Vitro, East Timorese asylum seeker whose father was killed by the Indonesian military.
* Ian Melrose, businessman and human rights advocate

The advertisement calls for the new Australia-Indonesia security treaty to be amended so as to allow access for human rights monitors and foreign journalists into West Papua.  

The new Australia-Indonesia Security Treaty was signed last November by Foreign Affairs Minister, Alexander Downer and his Indonesian counterpart Dr Hassan   Wiryuda.   While the treaty has been signed it is yet to be ratified and is currently before the Australian Parliament's Joint Standing Committees on Treaties.

The TV advertisement will initially be shown on commercial TV and SBS in capital cities around the country and then be shown in regional centres.

The ads are sponsored by businessman Ian Melrose.

More information: Ben Oquist 0419 70 40 95 or
Peter Andren MP 02 6277 2341
Raina Hunter ( Sen. Stott Despoja) 0417 085260
Duncan Kerr MP 02 6277 2178
Jon Edwards ( Sen. Nettle ) 0428 213146