Archive for self-determination

Free West Papua

Posted in Awareness, Humanity, Oceania with tags , , , on September 24, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

The indigenous people of West Papua are sending this message to the UN and the world:

“40 years ago, all UN members, including the UK, recognised our right to self-determination but until now we have never been allowed to exercise our right freely and legally. We did not want to become Indonesian in 1969and after so many years of Indonesian oppression we certainly do not want to be Indonesian now. We want to be free!”

Benny Wenda – West Papuan Independence Leader in the United Kingdom & Chair of the Koteka Tribal Assembly –  FREE WEST PAPUA CAMPAIGN

HISTORY LEADING TO THIS MESSAGE//

In 1957, Indonesia was involved in a dispute with the Netherlands for control over West New Guinea. After four unsuccessful resolution claims to the UN General Assembly, they then tried a threat of military force disguised as diplomacy. Backed by ties with the then Soviet Union, Indonesia was seen as a “real threat of war”. The US then persuaded the Netherlands to accept a compromise involving “self determination” for the indigenous people.

On August 2, 1969, the Indonesian dictator Suharto claimed that 100 percent of the Melanesian people of West Papuan chose to be annexed by Indonesia. This was called the Act of Free Choice. Since then when peaceful protesters try to voice their objection they are met with a military response of killing, torturing, and imprisonment.

Indonesian Crimes Against Humanity:

  • Arrest without trial
  • Police violence and torture
  • Bombed and machine gunned villages
  • Evictions with no prior warning
  • Homes burned to the ground

Many of the people that the police have forced from their homes include families with pregnant mothers, children, and the elderly.

Support the Papua National Consensus Collective Leaders in their petition to the UN General Assembly. In accordance with the International Standards of Human Rights, the principles of International Law, and the Charter of the United Nations, the people of West Papua have the right to self-determination. Show your support by signing the petition.

Special thanks to Andrew for sharing this petition!