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Response to 7.

30 from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Question One: Does DFAT provide any funds that are used to train Indonesias police force or D88, if so how much annually? Answer: DFAT provides no funds to the Indonesian police.

Question Two: Is DFAT concerned about allegations that Detachment 88 is active in West Papua and involved in targeting independence leaders? If so, what measures has DFAT taken to investigate the allegations? Answer: The focus of Australian engagement with the Indonesian National Polices (Polri) unit Densus 88 (Detachment 88) is combating terrorism. Against the unhappy history of terrorist activity in our region, including the loss of 88 Australian lives in the first Bali bombing, such engagement is crucial in protecting the safety of both Indonesians and Australians. The Government is concerned that all security and law enforcement agencies operate with respect for human rights, a point we stress to Indonesia and which underpins our cooperation. President Yudhoyono has made clear his determination to act firmly on human rights abuses by Indonesias armed forces. The Australian Government recognizes that, under President Yudhoyono, Indonesias human rights record has improved markedly and we welcome his commitment that any abuses by security forces in the Papuan provinces are to be investigated and punished, including his statement on 12 June.

Question Three: Will DFAT question the Indonesian Police on the activities Detachment 88 undertakes in Papua and West Papua? Embassy officials seek regular updates on the progress of investigations into alleged human rights abuses by Indonesian security forces in the Papuan provinces. DFAT does not routinely seek information on the operational priorities of the Indonesian police.

Question Four: We understand that recently two Australian diplomats based in Jakarta travelled to Papua. Did they have any discussions about recent violence in the region? Did they have any discussions about the death of Mako Tabuni or the presence of Detachment 88 in the region? If so, who did they speak to? Answer: Australian Embassy officials in Jakarta work hard to maintain our understanding of conditions in the Papuan provinces, including through regular visits to examine first-hand the situation there. Inside the provinces and in Jakarta, Embassy officials engage a wide range of contacts including the Papuan provincial governments, civil society and church leaders. In 2011, the Australian Embassy conducted 28 official visits to the Papuan provinces, and in 2012 there have been 11 official visits to date. Our Embassy continues to raise concerns over violence in the Papuan provinces with the Indonesian Government and provincial officials, including the death of Mako Tabuni, and did so most recently on 7 August 2012. The Indonesian Government has informed us Mr Tabuni's death is under investigation. The Australian Government follows closely developments in the Papuan provinces and continues to play an active role in promoting human rights in Indonesia.

Question Five: Has Australias Embassy in Jakarta conducted any investigation or registered any concern with Indonesian officials about recent violent incidents in Papua/West Papua? Answer: Australia does not and has no authority to investigate violent incidents or crimes in Indonesia. The Australian Government welcomes President Yudhoyono's commitment that any abuses by security forces in the Papuan provinces are to be investigated and punished. The Australian Government regularly raises human rights in the Papua provinces with the Indonesian Government. Prime Minister Gillard has discussed the situation in Papua with President Yudhoyono. Senator Carr discussed the issue most recently with Foreign Minister Natalegawa on 17 July 2012. Embassy officials in Jakarta raise specific cases with the Indonesian government and have registered our concern that reported human rights abuses be investigated thoroughly and promptly by the Indonesian authorities. We continue to register with Indonesia the importance of access to the Papuan provinces for credible observers, including non-government organisations and journalists, and the importance of ensuring that the human rights of all Indonesians are respected Spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade