Congratulations to the people of Vanuatu on their 38 years of Independence.

I would also like congratulate the People and Government of Vanuatu on their courageous stand on the issue of West Papua.

Having been to Vanuatu a number of times I find it’s the only country in the world where everybody seems to know about the issue.

The West Papuan people and their supports hold Vanuatu in high esteem for raising the human rights situation in West Papua at the UN and other international fora. Vanuatu sets an example that others should follow.


Joe Collins

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)