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Helicopters supplied by Australia used in genocide: report

Neglected Genocide report

Front page image: ‘The Neglected Genocide-Human Rights Abuses against Papuans in the Central Highlands 1977-78’

Sydney Morning Herald, 24 October: Research to be released Thursday into one of the most violent episodes in the history of West Papua claims that helicopters provided to Indonesia by the Australian government were used in military operations in the 1970s that amounted to genocide.

According to a report by the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), two Iroquois helicopters supplied by Australia were amongst aircraft used by the regional military command in West Papua in operations in the Central Highlands in 1977 and 1978 which killed thousands of civilians.

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