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Quakers Australia urges NCCA to issue public statement about violence in West Papua
The National Council of Churches in Australia recently expressed concern about the outbreak of violent confrontations in West Papua and urged individuals to take action.
Australia Yearly Meeting Presiding Clerk Ann Zubrick has written to Liz Stone, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in Australia, urging NCCA to issue a more visible and public statement following the recent media release by the Ecumenical Forum of Churches in response to the violence in West Papua:
General Secretary, NCCA
The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) is deeply concerned about the ongoing violence occurring in West Papua. Attached is a statement by Church Leaders in West Papua (Church Leaders of the Ecumenical Forum of Churches in Papua), calling for the military to leave the region (see the attached file). We commend the National Council of Churches in Australia for raising this issue in its October 2019 newsletter and indicating actions individuals and groups can take. We call upon the National Council of Churches in Australia to now issue a public statement and media release supporting the recommendations of the West Papuan Church Leaders. We further call upon the National Council of Churches in Australia to call upon the Australia Government to take positive action to protect human rights in West Papua and end the violence.
Read more about the Statement by Churches in West Papua calling for military to leave region and Letter from Presiding Clerk regarding West Papua violence here.
(Image: AP: Binsar Bakkara)