Sunday, June 30, 2013

Summary of events in West Papua for June 2013

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)
PO Box 28, Spit Junction, NSW 2088

Summary of events in West Papua for June 2013

Upcoming event. The Biak massacre- A citizens tribunal
The 15th anniversary of the Biak massacre is approaching on the 6 July. 
A citizens tribunal about the massacre is being held in Sydney. Full details at   For those who can attend a chance to catch up with members of the west Papuan community and their supporters.

Melanesian Spearhead Group –West Papua
The Melanesian Spearhead Group  (MSG) held it Summit in Noumea, New Caledonia (Kanaky) 13-21 June. Although it was disappointing that the issue of membership for West Papua at the MSG was deferred, (The WPNCL applied to the MSG for full membership), a number of decisions by the leaders of the MSG in relation to West Papua are to be welcomed.
From MSG Communiqué
Application for Membership

20. Leaders noted that a roadmap in relation to the application by West Papua National Council for Liberation (WPNCL) for membership should be based on clear and achievable timelines. Leaders acknowledged that the human rights violations need to be highlighted and noted that to progress the WPNCL’s application, it was important to continually engage with Indonesia. Leaders agreed to establish a process of dialogue and consultation with Indonesia. Leaders noted and welcomed the invitation from Indonesia to invite a Foreign Ministers’ Mission to be led by Fiji and that confirmation on the timing of the Mission was being awaited. The outcomes of the WPNCL’s application would be subject to the report of the FMM mission.

21. Leaders:
(i) endorsed that the MSG fully supports the inalienable rights of the people of West Papua towards self-determination as provided for under the preamble of the MSG constitution;
(ii) endorsed that the concerns of the MSG regarding the human rights violations and other forms of atrocities relating to the West Papuan people be raised with the Government of Indonesia bilaterally and as a Group;
(iii) noted the application received from the WPNCL to be a member of the MSG and that the application will be reviewed after the submission of the Ministerial Mission’s report; and
(iv) approved the Roadmap as recommended by the FMM which included:
a) that the MSG send a Ministerial Mission at the FMM level to be led by Fiji’s Foreign Minister to Jakarta and then to West Papua in 2013 and accept the invitation of the Government of Indonesia;
b) the Ministerial Mission to present its report to the Leaders at the earliest opportunity within the next six months;
c) the WPNCL to be officially informed of the MSG Leaders’ decision regarding its application; and
d) the Mission would be part of a process in determining WPNCL’s membership application.

The Prime Minister of Vanuatu, The RT. Hon Moana Carcasses Kalosil in a statement said  “Mr. Chairman, we are aware of the concerns of West Papuans, who long for a day when they as Melanesians, could achieve self-determination. But also Dear Colleague Leaders and friends, we are aware of the human rights violations and atrocities being committed against West Papuans in their motherland. And so therefore, I join the many voices of peace loving citizens around the world, across all continents and oceans, to call for an end to the abuse of human rights. We urge that any continuation of abuse of human rights should be immediately brought to the attention of the international community.  Full statement at

A statement from the WPNCL regarding the MSG decision on West Papua at

There was a lot of coverage in the media in the region (before and during) the MSG Summit in relation to West Papua.  In West Papua a number of rallies were called in support of West Papuan membership at the MSG. In Abepura on the 10 June The security forces broke up a rally which was called by the KNPB and three activists were arrested.  The former chairman of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), Buchtar Tabuni was arrested on the 12 June and later released but not before he was beaten up by the police. AWPA media release/letter re rally at

The PNG Prime Minister did not attend the MSG Summit as he was on a state visit to Indonesia.

Bob Carr attacks supporters of West Papuan self-determination
Australia’s Foreign Minister Bob Carr has accused people who advocate self-determination rights for West Papuans of misleading the indigenous people of Indonesia’s Papua region. Carr made the comment during a Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee hearing on his government’s response to ongoing human rights abuses in West Papua.

Video of Senator Richard Di Natale questioning Foreign Minister Bob Carr about allegations of ongoing human rights abuses in West Papua.

New reports
Human Rights and Peace for Papua, the international coalition for Papua (ICP) of faith-based and civil society organisations is publishing its third report on the human rights situation in Papua together with Franciscans International. The 2013 report has now been released and is available for download at The report covers cases of violations of civil, political, economic, social, cultural as well as indigenous peoples' rights. It was prepared by a group of human rights organisations based in Papua, Jakarta and abroad and covers events between October 2011 and March 2013.

To mark the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) released an advance version of its special report on practice of torture in Indonesia today. The report titled: "A facade of justice for torture victims in Indonesia", is the first special report focused on the issue of torture to be published in Article 2 June edition. The report examines actual torture cases, give analyses and comments on the operation of mechanism for remedy and legal redress for torture victims.

In brief
Papua Political Prisoners Decline SBY’s Clemency Offer
“The do not want [clemency] because they seek Papua’s freedom, not individual freedom,” Markus Haluk, a Papua human rights activist, told the Jakarta Globe on Tuesday. “The political prisoners will remain as long as the Indonesia government refuses to free Papua.”

Freeport Mine attacked
The Freeport Mining Facility was attacked by up to 70 people on the 16 June. The Jakarta Globe reported that dozens of people vandalized Freeport facilities and looted ore concentrate at the copper and gold giant’s mining district in Mimika, Papua. Witnesses said that around 70 people came to the mining area, looting and vandalizing cars and a security post.
A RNZI report raised the possibility that the reason for the attack was because people were starving as a result of not having any work.

RNZI 17 June 2013
Hundreds of residents attacked and burned down a police station in Indonesia’s Papua province following a rumor that a police officer had beaten a drunk resident. A Papua Police spokesman says two officers attempting to disperse the mob in Oksibil on Sunday suffered head injuries after being pelted with stones He says locals heard a rumor that a local had been beaten by an officer but he adds the officer had being trying to arrest the drunken man who resisted and then fought with the officer. Armed with traditional weapons, the villagers then attacked the police station and set it ablaze. The mob also damaged two police cars and 25 motorcycles. High ranking police officers and reinforcements have arrived in Oksibil following the arson attack.
In July 2007, the same police station was damaged by angry residents following the death of a civil servant, who had been taken into custody for drunk and disorderly behavior.

OPM Admits Shooting TNI Member in Papua
Two people were killed in a shooting incident on the 25 June. The victims were a TNI infantry lieutenant named Wayan Sukarta and a civilian named Tomo. "The shooting was done my members under my command," Tabuni said as reported by the West Papua National Liberation Army media. In the report, Tabuni also said that the civilian they killed--reported by local media as a taxi driver--was actually a military intelligence of the TNI 753. A third civilian died after jumping into a ravine while trying to escape the ambush.

Pramono Gets His Democrats Blue Jacket
Retired army general Pramono Edhie Wibowo has officially joined the Democratic Party, party officials have confirmed, opening the door to him becoming the ailing party’s presidential candidate next year.
The Democratic Party’s executive chairman, Cooperatives Minister Syarief Hasan, said on Saturday that Pramono joined the party “shortly after his retirement.” Pramono, Syarief said, is now one of the party’s advisory board members.
There has been speculation President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who chairs the party and is married to Pramono’s sister Ani, has been grooming Pramono as his successor. Yudhoyono has insisted that no members of his immediate family will seek the presidency in 2014, but conspicuously glossed over any mention of Pramono.

The death of Jofrey Korwa in the Netherlands
Endie van Binsbergen reported on the death of Jofrey Korwa in the Netherlands.
Here in The Netherlands we mourn about Jofrey Korwa (32), son of Eddy Korwa from Biak, who fled his country in 1964 for obvious reasons. Jofrey Korwa was a flamboyant activist, a dedicated campaigner, a beautiful person and a warrior with a heart of gold. He also knew how to be a bridge between Papua and Timor. He was still young, but we could all see him grow into a promising new leader of the young movement TiPaCo, the Timor Papua Connection.
In Solidarity Endie van Binsbergen

WWF maps out Asmat customary areas
Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, June 29 2013,
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Indonesia is currently collecting data and mapping out significant areas for the Asmat people in Papua. The results will be submitted as part of material used for the drafting of Asmat regency’s spatial planning bylaw. The important areas that have been identified so far are hunting locations, a sago (Papuan staple food item) village, access to clean water, ancestral resting places, ancestral sites and other locations that are considered sacred, which only allow for restricted access. The Asmat people still live traditionally in a way in which everything is connected to their ancestors.

Opinion pieces/press release/reports etc.

Melanesian Spearhead Group Communique 

Reply from DFAT to AWPA letter

Theft, murder and rape; West Papua's plight and Bob Carr's cruel deceit By Andrew Johnson 


MSG to send mission to Jakarta and West Papua

West Papua prepares to welcome the Freedom Flotilla

Anti-apartheid leader dedicates award to the people of West Papua
Article by Dr Jason MacLeod, University of Queensland

Dying from Hunger in the World’s Rice Barn as PT Medco depletes Kampung Zanegi’s Forest
By ADMIN | Published: JUNE 25, 2013

Corruption Hurts Nation’s Poorest

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