Free West Papua

October 13, 2018

Freedom in West Papua refers to people’s desire for concrete improvements in West Papuan life; everything from ordinary dream of peace to respect for indigenous traditions and tangible improvements in social and economic life, especially health, welfare and education.

For most of West Papuan, the long struggle for freedom has nothing to do with independence because it only generate so many problems. West Papuans have had the opportunity to freely determine what political arrangement best supports their aspirations through history. This may well be the special autonomy package earmarked for West Papua, free association, a land rights based approach, some sort of federal arrangement or even something else that reflects indigenous beliefs and traditions. The most important thing is that West Papuans can freely contribute to the development in their homeland of West Papua.

It is essential to support West Papuans’ concrete aspirations for change: prosperity, upholding human rights, and working to protect the living land West Papuans depend upon. West Papua is a breathtakingly beautiful land unbelievably rich in natural resources. Indonesia and West Papua were former Dutch colonies. The Republic of Indonesia was formed in 1945 when it was officially declared independence after a long struggle against the Dutch colonial ruler. Recognising that West Papua had strong political and cultural ties with Indonesia, the Dutch retained control of the territory and, with support from Australia, began to prepare West Papua for independence as a puppet state. Indonesia, however, maintained its claim to all the former Dutch territory and all people welcomed.

The 1969 act of self-determination was called the Act of Free Choice. A cursory inspection of the process soon shows why West Papuans call it the Act of Free Choice. West Papuans political and human rights were chanelled through fair and open system. Regarding the widespread of West Papuan in a very large area, representative of West Papuan voted for integration with Indonesia. Those that campaigned for independence were running away and create a terrorist group called armed resistance of the OPM (Free Papua Movement), while the unarmed resistance was mainly a deception. All those movement started as soon as Indonesia shared power with indigenous people of West Papua on 1st May 1963.

Following the fall of Suharto in 1998 widespread peaceful public expressions of the people’s aspirations culminated in the formation of a parallel parliament, the Papuan Presidium Council (PDP) with a clear mandate to pursue special autonomy. The leadership committed itself to a path of peaceful dialogue. However, after the initial euphoria felt by West Papuans during this flowering of the ‘Papuan Spring’, in August 2000 the OPM acted quickly to disturb the peaceful development of the province. In November 2001 the leader of the PDP, Theys Eluay, was assassinated by one of the elements of armed resistance of OPM.

Indonesia then gave the province Special Autonomy in an effort to accelerate the development of West Papua. However the vast majority of West Papuans accept–OPM was affraid of the success of special autonomous concept. OPM will loose their bargaining power because majority of West Papuan are tired of being used as a political and economic commodity. This move not only guarantee greater self rule under Special Autonomy but also is seen by West Papuans as a positive process to build West Papuan with their original identity. OPM fear Special Autonomy will ultimately undermine the idea of independence.

West Papuans continue to creatively search for peaceful ways to accept what they almost universally describe as a peaceful integration for the purpose of West Papuan prosperity.

For most of West Papuan leaders abroad, the positive development of recent West Papua is very promising. However, the strugling for political power by some elements who still provoking violence by flag raising and armed terror is really frigthening. Furthermore, some opportunist abroad were already selling West Papuan issue to international community for their own agenda, especially for money.

Please support the development of West Papua by stopping violence and provocative ideas. Freeing West Papua from the interest of opportunist, whoever they are.


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Also Benny Wenda profits from Freeport unrest

October 15, 2011

Self appointed Papuan rebel leader in exile Benny Wenda accuses everybody else from profiting from the alleged exploitation of the natural resources of the Indonesian provinces of West Papua and Papua, from the international companies such as Freeport that extract these natural resources to the Indonesian Government in Jakarta and the usual bugbear of the Indonesian military without admitting that without such tragic events like the death of a protester in a confrontation with police Wenda would have no cause to fight for. Read the rest of this entry »

Response to Jennifer Robinson SMH Leaks article

September 14, 2011

Jennifer Robinson’s comment in the Sidney Morning Herald of 12 September, ‘Leaks reveal it’s past time to speak for West Papua’, is the classical example of the activist’s outrage of being noticed and at the same time of not being noticed by the opponent he or she is campaigning against. Read the rest of this entry »

Preserving Papua`s Culture Through Lake Sentani Festival

May 27, 2011

Indonesia`s easternmost province of Papua will this year again organize a Lake Sentani Festival (FDS in a bid to preserve its unique and traditional arts.

The land of “Cendrawasih” (Bird of Paradise) is really blessed with an abundance of natural resources and unparalleled culture and traditional arts that have to be maintained. Read the rest of this entry »

Merpati plane crash in West Papua

May 9, 2011

Bad weather likely caused plane crash: Minister

Dina indrasafitri, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sun, 05/08/2011 9:30 AM | National

Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi said on Saturday that the crash of a Merpati plane in West Papua on Saturday was more likely caused by bad weather rather than technical glitches.

“Even if the plane is new, it’s no guarantee [that the flight will be accident free],” he said in Jakarta. Read the rest of this entry »

West Papua is a land of song

April 4, 2011

As an integral part of Indonesia and just like other islands in Indonesia, West Papua is a land of song . With more than 300 hundreds of different languages, biodiversity and creative arts, the land is sometimes called the Bird of Paradise. Christian missionaries disapproved of Papuan folk music throughout the colonial period of the country’s history. Even after independence, the outside world knew little of the diverse peoples’ traditional music genres. The first commercial release to see an international audience didn’t occur until 1991 (see 1991 in music), when Mickey Hart’s Voices of the Rainforest was released. Indonesian government is very supportive to creative arts and music to its people, however the political conflict in West Papua has brought a very distressful situation for musician, especially when their soul of song related to social and political critics to the New Order government. Most Indonesian musician who actively criticise the government are repressed

Today Indonesia is democracy, West Papua just like Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, Lampung, Sumatra, and many other provinces can strongly build itself a s a land of song.

Sadly, some opportunist idler like Jay Griffiths, Dominic Brown and an escaped muderer like Benny Wenda are continuing to spread lies in the UK. Please be careful with their demonic propaganda to provoke bloody conflict in the peaceful land of Papua.

Source : Papua Story

West Papua Issue

March 21, 2011

West Papua issue was a bilateral matter between the Netherlands and Indonesia regarding an incomplete process of decolonization of the Netherlands East Indies. West Papua was neither a separate entity nor a non-self-governing territory detached from the Netherlands East Indies. The problem arose when the Netherlands insisted on maintaining its presence in the western half New Guinea . At the beginning, there was no international dimension to this problem until Indonesia brought the issue to the United Nations in 1954 after all bilateral means had been exhausted. Therefore, West Papua was an unresolved question of decolonization of Indonesian territory of what was once the Netherlands East Indies.

Source : Papua Story