TERRITORIANS have turned out in support of three West Papuan students who entered Australia’s consulate in Bali and pleaded with the Federal Government to take up their cause.
A small number of dedicated supporters gathered outside a barber shop near the Nightcliff Markets to voice their fears about human rights in the troubled Indonesian province that lies to Australia’s north just above the Torres Strait.
West Papuans have been fleeing to Australia in recent weeks.
There have been reports of an unconfirmed number now being held in Darwin detention centres.
Billee McGinley, 38, of Ludmilla said West Papuans face the possibility of torture at home.
“It’s a huge human rights issue,” she said. “They have a right to seek asylum here.”