One day an Australian Prime Minister may find the courage and resolve to fly to Washington and address the Congress and the President and inform them that we no longer agree with their policy on West Papua, that they are plain wrong to facilitate and support the ongoing Indonesian colonial occupation of western New Guinea, that the Papuan people of this territory deserve to be granted the free and fair vote that was stolen from them in the fraudulent plebiscite held in July 1969.
If an Australian Prime Minister were to make such a stand, other world leaders may also awaken to this most basic abuse of natural justice that is the Indonesian colonial occupation of half of New Guinea, as they are sick and tired of receiving reports of the slow-motion genocide moving through the island of New Guinea.
If the leaders of the free world were to stand and demand the delivery of basic justice to the western Papuans, then Indonesia would be obliged to respond, or face the wrath of a world determined to deliver justice to the Papuans of Indonesian occupied New Guinea.
Only when our leaders step out of the shadows and hold forth the truth about western New Guinea, might reporters and human rights workers be allowed entry to observe the situation on the ground, where endless reports seep out through the bamboo curtain of human rights abuses in a never-ending war by Indonesia to crush all desire for freedom in the hearts of the West Papuan people.
Until that day of truth arrives and we end our shameful silence, we can but hang our heads in shame that we have allowed the unspeakable to happen under our noses, as we train the Indonesian perpetrators in the arts of war and call them friends.
When the day of West Papuan self-determination arrives, we may stop seeing the torture videos taken by Indonesian soldiers, or hearing reports of the many more instances of torture, murder, beatings, rapes and destruction of property, or see film footage of Indonesian forces attacking peaceful gatherings of Papuans as if they are at war.
If we are unable to value the freedom and liberty of the western Papuans, just across Australia’s northern border, how will we ever know to value our own liberty and hold our heads high as a free and independent people?
NOTE: Between 1957 and 1962 Australia was officially working with the Dutch Government to prepare the western Papuans for independence, when many Australians were on the ground working beside the Dutch to prepare the Papuans for liberty (CURRENT NOTES ON INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, Department of External Affairs, Canberra, November 1957, p.882). In those years Australia and the Netherlands were working toward the independence of the whole island of New Guinea, which could have become one very large and wealthy independent nation.
• West Papua rights group accuses police of murder, destruction
Australia Network News 16 Dec 2011
Last Updated: 17 hours 10 minutes ago
Human rights groups in the Indonesian province of West Papua say at least 17 people died in Paniai regency, after police using helicopters fired on houses earlier this week.
More than 20,000 people are said to now be homeless after security forces torched homes.
The head of Jayapura-based NGO Elsham, Ferry Marisan, said a number of those dead are said to be members of the Free Papua Movement or OPM.
“According to our reports – our volunteer reports from Paniai – about ten people there are members of the OPM and the rest members of the local community, not members of the OPM,” he said.
• Jakarta Students: Papuan Independence A ‘Historical Fact’
Edwin Firdaus, Jakarta 6 Dec 2011 Scoop Independent News
Hundreds of students originating from Papua held a protest action in front of the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Thursday December 1, again calling for Papuan independence.
“The declaration of West Papuan independence was clearly embodied on December 1, 1961, this is a historical fact, and this was then confirmed by the Third Papuan People’s Congress on October 17-19, 2011. So clearly we are already independent”, said action coordinator Melki in a speech.
Melki also took the opportunity to explain that on this commemoration of 50 years of the independence of the Papuan nation, the Jakarta-Bali Papuan Society and Students are making the following political demands:
1. We demand that the United Nations (UNTEA, the United Nations Temporary Executive Authority), the United States, Holland and Indonesia immediately recognise the independence of the West Papuan nation on December 1.
2. The date December 1, 2011 is the commemoration of the anniversary of 50 years of independence of the West Papuan nation.
3. Return the sovereignty of the West Papuan nation that was recognised by Sukarno through the Trikora on December 19, 1961 at the North Square Yogyakarta.
Notes: After the Dutch announced the formation of a Nieuw Guinea Raad on April 1961, with the intention of creating an independent Papuan state, Indonesia’s founding President Sukarno declared military confrontation in his Tri Komando Rakjat (TRIKORA, Triple Commands of the People) speech in Yogyakarta, on 19 December 1961.
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