Villages of West Papuan refugees burnt on PNG border – humanitarian crisis developing

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Free West Papua :: Papua Merdeka

This footage was taken on February 16th, 2011 in the jungle near Vanimo, Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea, less than 50km from the West Papua border.

It shows West Papuan refugees returning to their village for the first time since it was burnt 3 weeks earlier by special operation “Sunset Merona” led by Papua New Guinea Police and Defence Force.

Now 6 months later, these refugees are still unable to return to their village and remain hiding in the jungle, on the run from special operation Sunset Merona.

This footage is clear evidence of a breach of the UN Charter for Refugees by Papua New Guinea, and also raises major questions about the legality of special operation Sunset Merona and the alleged involvement of the Indonesian Government in pressuring the Papua New Guinea authorities to undertake these raids.

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