New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully refuses to meet with West Papuan Independence Leader Benny Wenda:
McCully Snubs West Papuan
The New Zealand Herald
Earlier, Indonesia repeated its claim that Benny Wenda is a criminal in order to pressure the New Zealand government not to speak to Wenda. The fact that Wenda is being blacklisted by the Indonesian government was covered in a UK Guardian article last summer:
Benny Wenda's plight has highlighted the misuse of Interpol
It is an all too familiar pattern where national leaders choose to value trade relationships over human and indigenous rights. I can understand the importance of maintaining trade relationships, but it is short sighted to think that the rights of indigenous people are less important to the national self interest than the business interests of a narrowly held set of multinational corporations. In the case of New Zealand, there are corporations involved in mining, oil and gas in Indonesia. Protecting the wealth of these corporations are clearly more important to New Zealand's national leaders than the human rights of the West Papuan people.