New Zealand’s Silence on West Papua’s ‘Slow Genocide’

Published: Fri 29 Jun 2018 10:26 AM
New Zealand’s Silence on West Papua’s ‘Slow Genocide’
See No Evil: New Zealand’s betrayal of the people of West Papua by Maire Leadbeater issues a challenge to New Zealanders to acknowledge and make right the consequences of our nation’s ‘selective diplomacy’ in the Pacific region.
This meticulously researched book uncovers the untold story of New Zealand’s unprincipled and often hypocritical approach to the struggle of the people of West Papua.
In the 1950s New Zealand supported self-determination for the former Dutch colony, but in 1962 opted to back Indonesia as it took over the territory.
The consequences of repressive Indonesian rule have been tragic for the West Papuan people, who are experiencing slow genocide, says Maire Leadbeater.
“A growing number of Pacific Island nations are calling for change, but so far New Zealand has opted for caution and collusion to preserve a ‘business as usual’ relationship with Indonesia.”
See No Evil is a powerful account by one of New Zealand’s most respected authors on peace and Pacific issues, issuing a call for a just and permanent solution – self-determination – for the people of West Papua.
Publication details
See No Evil: New Zealand’s betrayal of the people of West Papua
By Maire Leadbeater
Release Date: June 2018
ISBN 978-1-98-853121-2
See No Evil: New Zealand’s betrayal of the people of West Papua
National book and speaking tour by author Maire Leadbeater
Sunday 15 July 2018, 3–5pm
Ellen Melville Centre, 1 Freyberg Place
Special guest Rex Rumakiek
With music from Reb Fountain and Steve Abel
Monday 23 July, 6pm
Carsons Bookshop, Pollen Street
Tuesday 24 July 2018, 5.30pm
Books A Plenty, 74 Grey Street
Thursday 26 July, 5.30pm
Century Theatre Foyer
MTG Hawke’s Bay, 1 Tennyson Street
Saturday 28 July, 12.30pm
Otaki Library, Cnr Main and Aotaki Streets
Monday 30 July 12–12.45pm
Unity Books, 57 Willis Street
An event will take place at Parliament at 6pm Tuesday 31 July 2018. Please contact Catherine Delahunty email catherinedele44@gmail for details and an invitation.
Thursday 2 August 12pm
Meeting room, Nelson City Library
Friday 3 August 1.45pm,
Lali Room PS 208,Macmillan Brown Centre, Univ. of Canterbury
Friday 3 August 5.30pm
Space Academy Cafe, 371 St Asaph St
Monday 6 August 5.30pm
Dunningham Suite, 4th floor
Dunedin City Library

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