In Nov/Dec 2012 I travelled to West Papua with film maker Dom Rotheroe to make a documentary for Al Jazeera English about the ongoing struggle for West Papuan independence. Travelling undercover, we met with members of the KNPB (National Committe for West Papua) and the OPM (Free Papua Movement) to explore the largely unreported 'silent genocide' taking place in the face of a 40+ year Indonesian military occupation.
The documentary will be broadcast in the 'People & Power' slot at 22.30 GMT tomorrow, Wednesday January 30 and repeated on Thursday 31/01, 0930; Friday 01/02 0330; Saturday 02/02 1630; Sunday 03/02 2230; Monday 04/02 0930 - all times GMT. You can stream Al Jazeera English live online or watch on satellite and cable providers in over 100 countries.
I hope you will watch and share it, as it's important that the world is alerted to the human rights and environmental tragedies taking place in West Papua.
2) Politician Killed by Angry Mob on Election Day in Papua Banjir Ambarita & Robert Isidorus | January 29, 2013
Papua. A local legislative council member was killed as voters went to the polls in Papua’s gubernatorial election on Tuesday, after the lawmaker reportedly tried to persuade a crowd to vote for his party’s candidates.
Husia Yosia Karoba, a member of the Tolikara District Legislative Council (DPRD), was reportedly killed after urging hundreds of supporters of the Democratic Party’s candidates to vote for Habel Melkias Suwae and Yop Kogoya from the Golkar Party.
“People were angry because the victim tried to influence them to vote for candidates No. 6 [Melkias-Yop], while the area was a base for supporters of the Lukas Enembe [and] Klemen Tinal pair,” said Laban Weah, an eyewitness to the incident, referring to the Democratic ticket.
“People then attacked the victim until he died at the scene,” he added.
Papua Police deputy chief Brig. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw confirmed the incident, saying Husia was declared dead on arrival at a nearby hospital.
“I heard that the crowd couldn’t accept his statement, that he supported No. 6 [ballot number] candidates because he was from the Golkar Party, so they immediately attacked him,” Paulus said.
Six tickets are competing in Papua's gubernatorial election, where voters will choose the new leaders of Indonesia’s easternmost province for the 2013-18 period. JG, Suara Pembaruan