In West Papua we work with the Justice and Peace offices of the five Catholic dioceses (the SKP network) on issues of land security, workers’ rights and freedom of expression.
SKP provide advocacy and assistance in the form of legal advice or medical assistance to human rights advocates when needed. SKP have spoken out against violent acts in Papua and human rights abuses on peaceful protestors.
Indigenous Papuan communities are now a minority in their own country and have experienced alienation from traditional lands by the operations of palm oil enterprises, timber companies, and gas, oil and mineral exploration. The SKP network advocates for peaceful dialogue to tackle West Papua’s problems, and provides a voice for the voiceless – documenting and speaking out about the consequences when communities lose their land and forests. See some of their award winning videos here: www.papuanvoices.net.
In our international advocacy work Caritas also works for peace, justice and respect for human rights in West Papua, especially for the indigenous peoples. Read more here.
Read our One World Partnership newsletter about West Papua here.