Papua and Pacific

“The Pacific Islands Forum and the New Zealand and Australian governments are being called on to be more supportive of independence for West Papua and to push for open access to the Indonesian province.

A campaign for human rights and self-determination for West Papua began this week, with support from the ethical cosmetics brand, Lush.

Demonstrations are being held at shops throughout Australia and New Zealand, including hanging the banned Morning Star flag in shop windows.”

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Plea for urgent support in Papua

Urgent Action – Indonesian Military launch mass offensive
JUNE 6, 2012

Dear Friend of West Papua

I am writing to you with my heart full of sadness, urging you ask your Government to act now to help my people!

Today the Indonesian Military has launched a ferocious wave of attacks against Papuan civilians in the highland town of Wamena.

Eight people are confirmed dead so far and 17 injured. Reports state that hundreds of people have fled the town and are now hiding in the hills surrounding it, as Indonesian military continue their offensive.

We urgently need UN peacekeepers to be sent. More than 500,000 civilians have been slaughtered by the Indonesian Military since 1963, and I fear the current massacre will be alike to the Santa Cruz massacre the Indonesian Military committed in East Timor.

On behalf of my people I am asking YOU to raise your voice right now as loud and clear as you can.

Please call your local and national media organisation. Contact your local MP to urge support. Call the Indonesian Embassy in your country and tell them to stop their military operations against a defenceless people.

My people demand nothing more than the freedom to think, the freedom to move, the freedom to act, and the freedom to choose their own destiny without fear of killing, rape, torture, intimidation, murder or oppression.

Please hear my peoples cry at this most critical time.

Benny Wenda

West Papuan independence leader and chairman of the Koteka Tribal Assembly

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NEW BOOK: Comprehending West Papua

NEW BOOK: “Comprehending West Papua can be downloaded.Also appendix of images to download.

This new book from the West Papua Project is an edited volume of the collection of papers presented at the February 2011 University of Sydney conference “Comprehending West Papua”. It represents the views of the world’s leading scholars and activists currently working on understanding the conflict in West Papua.

Action in Papua – keep on eye on the Indonesian police

Papuans seek referendum from Jakarta
Sydney Morning Herald July 10, 2010

JAYAPURA: Hundreds of protesters camped outside Parliament in Papua last night as part of a rally calling for a referendum on self-determination for the Indonesian province.

Tribesmen painted their faces in the colours of the banned separatist flag and called on elders to demand the referendum. The protesters are adamant they will not leave until the Indonesian government hears their calls.

Tribal leaders voted last month to reject the autonomy status of Indonesia’s most remote and least developed province. The status was introduced in 2001 after the fall of the Suharto military dictatorship in Jakarta.

Human rights advocates and protesters say it had failed to raise the standards of living in the region, in spite of its extensive natural resources.

Police said yesterday they were preparing to disperse the protesters – who had started their rally with a permit – using force and could use live ammunition if all else failed.

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ABC "Australian senators call for Red Cross access to Papua"

Updated Fri Aug 21, 2009
“Australia’s government has sent a quiet signal to Indonesia about mounting concern over human rights conditions in Indonesia’s restive Papua region. The Rudd government — facing accusations it’s too quite on the issue — has allowed its Senators to support a motion in Parliament’s upper house that calls for pressure from Canberra on Indonesia to allow the return of the International Red Cross to West Papua.

Presenter:Linda Mottram
Speakers:Sarah Hanson-Young, Australian Greens party Senator; Septer Manufandu, director, Papua NGO’s Co-operation Forum.”