Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has called for a “Re-set” to help our Pacific family to be independent and self sufficient (29 June 2017).
This forum will consider the repercussions of this call for Indonesian controlled West Papua.
Canterbury Secondary School teachers & senior students are invited to attend. Each school will be invited
to ask one prepared question to the Panel.
Chair: Dr Jeremy Moses, Senior lecturer in international relations at the University of Canterbury.
- Poto Williams, MP for Christchurch East, of Pacific heritage and Parliamentary Advocate
for the Independent free vote for indigenous West Papuans.
- Raf Manji, A Christchurch City Councillor, who studied the legal case for West Papuan
Self-Determination as part of his Masters in International Law and Politics.
- Celeste Donovan A member of West Papua Action Canterbury who wrote her MA thesis on
NZ’s training of Indonesians for community policing in West Papua
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR).
This is a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being — regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all. The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948. We need to stand up for our own rights and those of others. We can take action in our own daily lives, to uphold the rights that protect us all and thereby promote the kinship of all human beings.
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all.
- Human rights are relevant to all of us, every day.
- Our shared humanity is rooted in these universal values.
- Equality, justice and freedom prevent violence and sustain peace.
- Whenever and wherever humanity’s values are abandoned, we all are at greater risk.
- We need to stand up for our rights and those of others.