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Solomon Islands this week has repeated its call on Indonesia to cooperate with the United Nations Human Rights Council to allow a UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression to visit West Papua and Papua Provinces.

Minister Councilor at the Solomon Islands Mission in Geneva, Switzerland, Mr Barrett Salato made the call at the start of the 33rd Human Rights Council Meeting in Geneva on Monday 19th September.

Mr Salato highlights a worrying trend by Member States resisting human rights scrutiny by the work of the Council.

“More unsettling is the fact that some large democracies who profess to uphold universal human rights values are evading scrutiny on their domestic human rights practices by shielding such practices behind the principle of non-interferences on sovereign country’s affairs,” he said. 

Solomon Islands share the view that protecting human rights of all people requires collective responsibilities and continues to condemn violations of human rights whenever it occurs.

In this context, Solomon Islands consistently raise the issue of human rights violations in West Papua and continuously call for independent investigations to verify the increasing reports of human rights violations there.

Government Communications Unit