Monday, May 27, 2013

1) Papua search for 30 missing amid massacre report.

1) Papua search for 30 missing amid massacre report.
2) Papuan political prisoners reject Indonesian clemency offer.
3) Papua focus for Australia’s Democratic Labour Party.
4) Imprisoned West Papua ‘president’ pleads for Pacific recognition
5) Step Diplomacy International Mechanism Under WPNCL


Posted at 02:02 on 27 May, 2013 UTC
Villagers in remote Puncak Jaya regency of Indonesia’s Papua province are still searching for around thirty people missing for up to a month, amid fears they have been arrested by Indonesian Special Forces.
This comes as reports from human rights activists in the region point to an alleged mass killing by Indonesia’s Kopassus military troops.
They say that in recent days at least 18 headless, mutilated or amputated bodies have been found in roadside ditches and drains in Puncak Jaya.
They’ve been named as victims from around the Tingginambut district where over 40 people were reported as having gone missing in April.
Local communities have expressed fear about ongoing Kopassus activities in the area, saying more killings are expected unless Jakarta pulls its troops back.
Since December, Puncak Jaya has been the focus of sweep operation by the military in its pursuit of pro-independence activists and separatist guerillas.
The operation intensified in February following the shooting deaths of eight Indonesian soldiers in the area.
The West Papua National Liberation Army led by Goliath Tabuni claimed responsibility for those killings.
However, after bodies of West Papuan farmers and activists were discovered last week, Goliath Tabuni has released a statement saying no member of his army is involved.


Posted at 08:03 on 27 May, 2013 UTC
Jailed West Papuan leaders have reportedly rejected the Indonesian President’s promise to free all Papuan political prisoners.
In a statement signed by 30 political prisoners in Abepura Prison, the inmates say they do not need to be released, but that rather the whole of Papua should be released from the colonisation of Indonesia.
The signatures include long-serving Filep Karma as well as West Papua National Committee, or KNPB, leader Victor Yeimo who was arrested and detained earlier this month.
He was arrested with four others during a peaceful demonstration to mark the 50th anniversary of Indonesia’s takeover of the province.
At least three protestors were killed by police and up to 20 arrested.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono promised last week to free all Papuan political prisoners, as part of the government’s planned so-called special autonomy plus programme.
There are estimated to be up to 50 Papuan political prisoners jailed for taking part in rallies and raising the banned Morning Star flag.
Posted at 02:02 on 27 May, 2013 UTC
A minority party in Australia has made the plight of West Papuans the main thrust of its foreign policy ahead of the September federal election.
The Democratic Labour Party, whose leader John Madigan was elected to the Senate in the 2010 poll, says the Indonesian government should immediately allow United Nations observers and international journalists into West Papua.
It also says Indonesia should be called to fully implement the special autonomy provisions enacted by its own laws in 2000 and remove all military personnel without delay.
The party is calling for a new vote for independence by the indigenous people of West Papua, after a period of autonomy.
Mr Madigan says a greater proportion of Australia’s aid provided to Indonesia should go to assist West Papuans, particularly for matters concerning poverty and health, such as combatting the high level of AIDS.

4) Imprisoned West Papua ‘president’ pleads for Pacific recognition

The “president” of Papua, Forkorus Yaboisembut, at Jayapura District Court last year. He and four other Papuan pro-independence activists were convicted of “treason” for raising an outlawed Papuan flag and declaring the region independent. Photo: Jakarta Globe / Antara / file photo
Pacific Scoop:
Report – By the Pacific Media Centre news desk
The president of the self-styled republic of West Papua, Forkorus Yaboisembut, has made an appeal to three regional political organisations in the Pacific for recognition of the “independence” of the Indonesian-ruled territory.
In a letter dated May 26,  received by Pacific Media Watch, the president urges the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF)  and the African, Pacific and Caribbean group of states (AFC) to recognise his country.
In the letter, Yaboisembut addresses several human rights issues in West Papua. He also underlines that West Papuans are ethnic Melanesians, and therefore should not be a part of Indonesia.
Yaboisembut was imprisoned in March last year for peaceful protest when he was elected “president” at a public rally in Jayapura in a subsequent court casewidely condemned as unjust by human rights groups.
The MSG meeting in Noumea, New Caledonia, next month is expected to welcome West Papua as an observer.
Below is the letter President Yaboisembut sent to the Melanesia Spearhead Group yesterday – exactly as written.
Honorable Mr.Peter Forau
Director General Melanesia Spearhead Group (MSG)
My dear Mr Peter Forau,
I am a newly elected President of the Federal Republic of West Papua which was formed at the Third Papuan People’s Conggress on 19th of October 2011 in Jayapura, West Papua. My collegue and I that is the newly elected Prime Minister and three other staff Members referred to as “Jayapura Five” were arrested and imprisoned in 2011 and are still in the prrison up until today. We were arrested and jailed because We led our people and unilaterally declared indepdendence for West Papua on 19th October 2011.
More than 20,000 people came from the 7 regions of West Papua particiapted in the Third Papuan People’s Congress. The Third Congress is the highest forum in which our people were freely engaged in the political decision making regarding the future of Papua.
As the President, I on behalf of my people hereby extend our gratitute and appreciationin in advance for your government’s attention and concern on West Papua especially its human rights issues such as the human rights abuse of all forms in West Papua and our aspiration to be free and independent.This abuses and attrocities will never end for as long as Indonesian is still occupying West Papua.
The People of West Papua are of Melanesian stock / race and have closer affinity and or share common customs and traditions with the people of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands,Vanuatu, Fiji and New Caledonia.
We therefore strongly appeal to the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and African,Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and other countries in the Pacific to grant West Papua full membership status and recongnition for our full Political independence from Indonesia.
The Secretariat of the transisional government of the Federal Republic of West Papua is now taking full resposibility to implement some of the resolutions passed at the Congress. We are now seeking for your support and recognition of our ambryo government and the full political independence issue at the forthcoming United Nations General Assembly. Please kindly read our Basic Guidelines Booklet on West Papua which consist of six Chapters and 44 pages. We believe this will help you to know and understand the wishess and aspirations of our people to be free and independent from Unitary State of Indonesia.
Finally and not the least we wish to remind you at this juncture not to forget that we all share the same island formerly known as New Guinea. Thank you for your highest consideration and positive response
Sincerely yours
Here is a link to the actual letter.
A google translate of article in Suarapapua. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
Original bahasa at

5) Step Diplomacy International Mechanism Under WPNCL
Published On Monday, May 27, 2013 By Oktovianus Pogau. Under: International, Editor's Choice. Tags: PAPUA PEACE, FREEDOM PAPUA, WPCNL

WPNCL delegation meeting, FLNKS and MSG in Kanaky, New Caledonia (Doc. MSG)
PAPUAN, Manokwari - The latest development which the struggle of West Papua diplomas done by submitting a proposal to be accepted as a member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), which will summit in June 2013 in Noumea, New Caledonia, is a step that is in accordance with international mechanisms in the United United Nations (UN).

Step driven by West Papua National Coalition for Liberation (WPNCL), should be seen as a progressive step, and belong to the movement of the struggle for civil rights enforcement and the political majority of the people of Papua.

"Step WPNCL should not be disturbed by other measures that are like each other to thwart the struggle between the various components of Papua, both organs of the Papuan Presidium Council (PDP), West Papua National Authority (WPNA), Papua National Committee (KNPP) , or the Federal Republic of West Papua (NRFPB) or other political organs, "said Executive Director LP3BH Manokwari, Yan Christian Warinuss, in a press release sent to the editor, Monday (05/27/2013).

"For me, the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) clearly has its own agenda with the goal anyway, so I do not comment on it," he said.

In Warinussy observations, steps and very significant is happening in the Pacific region today is quite advanced and very urgent to be addressed and supported by all elements of the Papuan people.

"This I say so, because such a move is in accordance with the advice of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN Secretary General) Bang Ki-Mon on September 2010 in Auckland, New Zealand. Where, Bang Ki Mon said that the problems the struggle to uphold the civil and political rights of the people should be brought and dibiacrakan Papu in Decolonization Commission under the United Nations General Assembly (UN General Assembly), "he said.

Thus, the issue for the Papuan people's struggle to gain political freedom taken for granted degan using international mechanisms recognized by the United Nations or the United Nations (UN).

Thus, further Warinussy, Papuan people through WPNCL step to take and submit proposals / proposals to be members of the MSG is a very steady diplomacy and proportional to head to the struggle to bring about the demands of self-determination of the people of Papua to the Commission on Decolonization at the UN General Assembly .

"This move should not be seen only as a struggle initiative and sheer WPNCL, but it is the struggle of the people of Papua, so this step should be supported and doboboti better and not attempted to be inhibited by political engineering that occurred over nlain party intervention, in order to thwart the progressive step, "he concluded.

Previously, as written, WPNCL is lobbying several states in the Pacific to support a member in order to Papua MSG, and can follow the conference in June 2013.

Oktovianus POGAU

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