A meeting held last week in the European Parliament called for the EU to reconsider its relationship with Indonesia in light of the dire state of human rights in occupied West Papua. 

The meeting, titled ‘The Human Rights situation in West Papua: What can the EU and UN do?’, was hosted by Carles Puigdemont MEP, former President of the Government of Catalonia, and saw contributions from Human Rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson and ULMWP Head of EU Mission Oridek Ap, among others. The full list of speakers is below. 

Human rights in West Papua have significantly worsened since 2018. Since the West Papua uprising, between 60,00-100,000 Papuans having been internally displaced, while arbitrary arrests and extrajudicial killings have also become increasingly common. Participants called for the EU to halt ongoing trade negotiations with Indonesia until the illegal occupation of West Papua is addressed. 


  • Alex Sobel, Labour MP and Chair of the International Parliamentarians for West Papua (IPWP) 
  • Jennifer Robinson, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers,  
  • Oridek Ap, ULMWP Head of EU Mission 
  • Stephanie Caligara, Global Legal Action Network 
  • Igor Zulaika, EH-Bildu