Sunday, April 30, 2017

Media release-54 years after Indonesian takeover, the West Papuan people still continue their struggle

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)

Media release 30 April 2017
54 years after Indonesian takeover, the West Papuan people still continue their struggle for self-determination.  

On the 1st May in 1963 Indonesia took over the administration of West Papua from United Nations Temporary Executive Authority (UNTEA) and 54 years later the West Papuan people still continue their struggle for self-determination. 

Every year West Papuans commemorate and protest this tragic betrayal of the West Papuan people by the international community.  Last year leading up to and around the 1st May up to 2000 West Papuans were arrested in rallies  which had also been called to show support for the bid by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) for full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) and to support the International Parliamentarians for West Papua (IPWP) who were meeting at the Houses of Parliament in London to discuss the issue. 
This year a rally planned to commemorate  (and reject) Indonesia’s takeover of West Papua was to take place in Sentani, Jayapura. 

However, the police arrived and destroyed a stage that had been set up for the rally. They are also intimidating people outside the KNPB secretariat, stopping the local people from their activities. The situation remains tense and dangerous. 

More photos and report from Free West Papua campaign at

Joe Collins of AWPA said, “its ironic that as Indonesia prepares to host World Press Freedom Day they are again cracking down on the West Papuan people, on their right to free speech and freedom of assembly”. 

In an article in the Jakarta Post (30 April) a photo shows  
young people   cleaning up and repainting  the Pepera Monument in  Jayapura, to commemorate the accession of Papua to Indonesia almost five decades ago. “They are cleaning up the Pepera Monument as a sign that young people still remember what the Papuan people chose on May 1, 1969: to join with the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia,” Gemapi Papua chairman Habel Sawaki said on Saturday.

Collins said, this article shows that the Indonesian people still have a lot to learn about the so called act of free choice.  The West Papuan people were forced to integrate with Indonesia.  The so called act of free choice was a farce”

 Preserving history: Young people clean the Pepera Monument on Saturday ahead of the May 1 Pepera commemoration in Jayapura, Papua. (JP/Nethy Dharma Somba)

Photo below shows demonstrators held in a field by  Brimob  after last years rallies

 (Photo Jubi. (02/05/2016)


1) Papua Police Chief : We Take Action against Armed Groups

2) Dingo relative rediscovered in remote highlands of New Guinea

SUNDAY, 30 APRIL, 2017 | 09:38 WIB
1) Papua Police Chief : We Take Action against Armed Groups
TEMPO.COJayapura - Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said that the police will take strict measures to fight against armed groups that continue to attack workers constructing trans Papua project.
The police will strictly act upon armed criminal groups for using firearms, he said.
"When they use firearms, then we will take enforcement approach," Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said on Saturday (29/4).
He said that civilians are prohibited to carry firearms except for members of the Indonesian Shooting and Hunting Association (Perbakin) or other righful civilians.
Those who are not included in such regulation are considered illegal to carry firearms and are subjected to sanction according to the law, Chief Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar clarified.
2) Dingo relative rediscovered in remote highlands of New Guinea
SCIENTISTS have confirmed the existence of an ancient dog species in one of the world’s most remote places — the mountains of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia’s Papua provinces.
The international team led by scientists from Indonesia’s University of Papua captured evidence of the New Guinea highland wild dog during a 2016 expedition to an austere, high-altitude region near the Grasberg mine, one of the world’s largest copper mines.
The discovery is the first confirmed sighting of the species in more than 40 years.
The dogs are believed likely to be the same species as the New Guinea singing dog, a wild dog that has been bred in captivity since several pairs were taken from the remote New Guinea highlands on both sides of the border in the 1950s and 1970s.
There are about 200 New Guinea singing dogs in zoos around the world, but little is known about the ancient breed famous for their unique vocalisations.
However, scientists are certain it shares ancestry with the Australian dingo.
American zoologist James McIntyre, who had been searching for the elusive dog for years, joined the team as an adviser on a leg of the research that took them to the slopes of Papua Province’s highest mountain, Puncak Jaya.

Mr McIntyre led his own expedition in the 1990s to the highlands of north-western Papua New Guinea — however, while his team heard chorus howling at dawn and dusk, they made no sightings.
He remained certain the elusive canid species still roamed the highlands’ cloud forest terrain, several thousand metres above sea level.
“I had the opportunity to speak to many remote villagers there, and it seems like every different village has some kind of story pertaining to the highland wild dog,” he said.
While there have been several sighting reports since his initial expedition, it wasn’t until last year that Mr McIntyre found what he considered to be credible scientific evidence pointing not only to the existence of healthy populations, but also of the dog’s curious nature.
“We were travelling up this beautiful valley and it consists of three terraced lakes that eventually wind up at two active glaciers.
“I was broadcasting audio howls of North American coyotes — a male and female coyote, a female coyote in distress, and coyote puppies in distress,” he said.
Mr McIntyre said while the sounds were not species specific, any kind of different noise or howl in another animal’s territory was likely to evoke curiosity.
He even took off his boots at one stage of the journey and left behind bare footprints.
On his return, Mr McIntyre found fresh dog pawprints next to his own footprint.

The researchers set photo traps, lacing the ground with scents they hoped would lure the dogs, and waited.
“It wasn’t until the very last day, after the weather had cleared for a while, that I got any photos whatsoever,” Mr McIntyre said.
“I don’t mind saying out loud that I squealed when I finally saw documentary proof of these animals.”
The highland wild dog is seen as a ‘pristine’ canid — an example of how dogs were at the time they began being domesticated.
Mr McIntyre said the discovery of the ancient dog in such a remote location was enormously important to the understanding of dog and human co-evolution.
“So this can tell us a lot about the history and the pre-history of Papua New Guinea and just the migrations of the people and the dogs and how they got to where they are today,” he said.
Mr McIntyre said a full investigation of the dogs’ DNA would prove the highland wild dog, the New Guinea singing dog and the dingo are ‘the only animals on the planet that are even remotely related to each other’.
“Years ago, Australia and New Guinea were attached by a land bridge when the oceans were much shallower than they are now, and it was probably one species of dog that lived in both countries.
“And the dogs that were isolated on the island of New Guinea seemed to retreat to the highlands and evolved and adapted to what they are today.”

Scientists associated with the newly-formed non-profit New Guinea Highlands Wild Dogs Foundation, of which Mr McIntyre is president, plan to return to the same area in July this year to trap the dogs and give them a thorough examination.
Although villagers across the New Guinea Highlands reported signs of the dog, the proximity of the Grasberg mine to the 2016 discovery was considered a boon for researchers.
Mr McIntyre said scientists faced extensive barriers getting to the Indonesian side of New Guinea island, which is subject to a simmering insurgency by Indigenous West Papuans seeking independence.
“I had been trying to get into Papua province for three-and-a-half years and there are many political hoops that we have to go through in order to get in there, and it seems as though at times they are reluctant to bring foreign researchers in there,” he said.
The mountainous island of New Guinea is one of the most richly biodiverse places on Earth.
He said the mine operators had helped facilitate the recent expedition, and had indicated they would do so again.
Mr McIntyre said it was crucial for the highland wild dog team also to include local scientists to be involved in the preservation of their national heritage.
“I made sure, and I will make sure in the future, that any of the students and any of the professors that we have be Papuan.”

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Lack of Clear Boundaries Impedes Sustainable Development in Indonesia

A Lack of Clear Boundaries Impedes Sustainable Development in Indonesia
Large global companies take advantage of this and often acquire community land for development.
By Wahyu Mulyono & Melati Kaye
Laurensius Lani’s footsteps can be heard at dawn alongside the traditional honay thatched-roof houses of the Baliem Valley, here in the archipelago country’s easternmost Papua province.
This is a region of biodiversity and riches. Asolokobal sits on the southern end of Indonesia’s sole snow-covered mountain range. Tasmanian tigers, long thought to be extinct in the wild, were said to be spotted here not long ago. Yet, 125 miles north along the Jayawijaya range is the world’s largest copper and gold mine, operated by United States company Freeport-McMoRan.
Since 1996, Lani has worked with the Foundation for the Customary Development of Walesi, a local non-governmental organization, to map indigenous peoples’ customary lands. He sees such mapping as the first step toward empowering these communities to use their land sustainably. The lack of clearly delineated boundaries is a big problem in Indonesia, one often taken advantage of by large companies trying to acquire community lands for development.
Over the last 20 years, the foundation has mapped 19 of the 27 customary territories here in Jayawijaya district — not easy work given the many peaks in Indonesia’s highest altitude region. Jayawijaya customary lands include Mount Trikora (4,750 meters/15,600 feet above sea level), Mount Mandala (4,700 meters above sea level), Mount Yamin (4,500 meters above sea level), and Lake Habema (3,200 meters above sea level). These magnificent land features sit in Lorenz National Park — the largest national park in Southeast Asia.

The territories the team has mapped range from the enormous (26,000-hectare Inyarek, 22,000-hectare Uelesi, and 18,000-hectare Aluama) to the minute (Tuma, which is wedged alongside the Uelesi region).
“I started advocating for local rights after returning from Jayapura,” Lani explained, referring to the provincial capital. “With technological advances, many locals are choosing to sell their land; our forest and people are beginning to change.” Lani said this trend was not isolated. It is happening in Wamena and other areas of Jayawijaya too.
Jayawijayans traditionally regard the Earth and forest as their “mother,” entities that feed, contain, and nurture. From this perspective, the sale of the very Earth and land seem especially sad to Lani, who is keenly aware that natural resources are finite.
“Mapping is one means to preserve local rights,” Lani said. “If we manage our lands, there will be a legacy for our children and grandchildren to inherit. After all, the Earth and forest itself does not get longer or wider, or have its own offspring. Man does.”
Government offices in Jayawijaya and Jakarta have supported Lani’s foundation and its mapping initiative, since so much conflict — both interethnic and that pitting communities against companies and the state — is related to disputes over land and forest ownership.
“With territories mapped, people have a clearer idea of boundaries and better sense of areas they are not allowed to enter,” said Yunus Matuan, the head of Jayawijaya’s forestry office. “If all the indigenous lands were mapped, we might have zero conflict.”
Once boundaries are delineated, the hope is to gather demographic data such as population size, the age and education levels of the populace, the number of ceremonial locations such as honai and the variety of infrastructure such as health centers. There are also plans to include regional planning details such as zoning for future paddy fields, livestock and agricultural lands, clean water sources, and fishery and forestry sources.

Natural and agricultural features are also important to note, according to Cornelis Oagay, from the Center for the Study of Community Empowerment, a local mapping and planning institution. “After this process, we will register our maps with the national Ancestral Domain Registration Agency,” he said. “We hope this data will enable the government to create and adjust regional regulations in a more informed, collaborative manner.”
At first local communities were suspicious about the idea of mapping their territories. They worried the maps were being made in order to steal their lands. Gradually, though, the communities in different customary areas came to believe in the importance of mapping. They were especially drawn to the idea that mapping could lead to regional management plans on which they would have input.
“Drawing up the customary land maps feels like the building of a strong, sturdy wall for our children and grandchildren,” said Enius Lokobal, an Asolokobal church and community leader. “If you have a fence, a set of rules, and legislation, our people will feel protected and secure in our thoughts for future generations. This way, we can develop our ancestral lands in line with our own needs.”

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Friday, April 28, 2017

1) Morning star rising

2) Walk for West Papuan freedom and independence

3) Recalling Arnold Ap, It’s a Wife and Child Message in Holland

1) Morning star rising

MAY 2017

A resistance gathering in the West Papuan highlands. © Dominic Brown

After 54 years of struggle under Indonesian rule, is freedom finally in sight for West Papua? Danny Chivers investigates.

Imagine a referendum in which just 0.2 per cent of the population were allowed to vote. Imagine that every one of those voters was marched to the voting station at gunpoint, and told exactly what choice to make. Would you believe the result truly represented the wishes of the people?
This is exactly what happened in the Pacific nation of West Papua in 1969. The occupying Indonesian army marched 1,026 handpicked West Papuans (from a population of 800,000) in front of election officials. These ‘voters’ were ordered to raise their hands at the right moment or be shot. This ‘Act of Free Choice’ was then presented to the world as an unequivocal vote in favour of Indonesia’s claim over West Papua, and rubberstamped at the United Nations by the US, the UK, Australia and their allies. The lands, forests and mountains that had been home to the Indigenous West Papuan people for 50,000 years were handed over to Indonesian President Suharto’s military regime – along with the vast reserves of gold, copper and natural gas buried beneath them.
Forty-eight years later, in January 2017, I’m sitting in a packed-out conference room in the UKParliament building in Westminster. We are here to see West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda launch a global petition, calling on the UN to oversee a fresh independence vote in his country to replace the sham referendum from 1969. Benny stands, ceremonial feathered headdress on his head, and tells the gathered MPs, journalists and supporters about the decades of human rights abuses his people have suffered under Indonesian occupation. His speech is accompanied by something I’ve never seen before – a video of demonstrations that took place in West Papua in the previous 24 hours, in solidarity with this meeting. We see groups of West Papuans in jungle villages holding up the Morning Star independence flag – a criminal act that carries a 15-year sentence in Indonesia – and thanking us for coming to Westminster today. One group of protesters have filmed themselves inside an Indonesian jail. Every participant in these actions will have done so at great personal risk of reprisal from the Indonesian military.
The people of West Papua are rising again, determined to reclaim the voice that was denied to them almost 50 years ago. After decades of struggle and brutal repression, recent events have propelled their fight for freedom back onto the world stage. If we’re serious about defending human rights and tackling climate change, this is the moment to stand with West Papua – the survival of an entire culture and the preservation of the world’s third-largest rainforest are hanging in the balance. But time is running out.

West Papua makes up the western half of New Guinea, the world's second-largest island. The division between West Papua and the independent country of Papua New Guinea is an artificial line dating back to when the British, Dutch and German empires colonized the island.

Paradise divided

West Papua is an extraordinary place, with a civilization stretching back tens of thousands of years and rainforests teeming with species found nowhere else on the planet. Ever since Indonesian troops first marched into West Papua in 1961, the government has sought to tighten its grip on this resource-rich, lushly forested territory. This has involved military occupation – at least 15,000 troops are stationed in West Papua1, making it one of the most militarized zones in Southeast Asia – and also the transmigration of Indonesians into West Papua. In several key regions, the Indigenous population is now outnumbered by Indonesian settlers. ‘In 1999, Indonesia had set up just nine regencies [local administrative areas] within West Papua,’ says Octovianus (Octo) Mote, Secretary-General of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP). ‘Today, they have 43, and are planning to expand to 73, each with its own police stations and military base. This is all to accommodate new settlers and further outnumber our people. The kind of colonial history that took Western powers many years to carry out is happening here at high speed.’
If we’re serious about defending human rights and tackling climate change, now is the time to stand with West Papua
Indonesians run the majority of businesses in cities like Sorong and Jayapura; they control most of the wealth in West Papua, while the Indigenous population is treated as an underclass. In the words of Indonesian human rights lawyer Veronica Koman: ‘When you arrive at Jayapura airport, the officers behind the desk are all immigrants, while the West Papuans are the porters. If you go into town, the shop owners are all immigrants, while West Papuans are selling betel nuts on the road.’
This kind of colonial takeover by an invading force puts Western fears over immigration into sharp perspective. Migrants and refugees arriving in Europe, Australia and the US present little or no threat to these countries’ cultural and political dominance; the people of West Papua, on the other hand, are at the sharp end of purposeful transmigration policies from an occupying power seeking to cement control over their lands and natural resources.

Countless and uncounted

‘Continuous violence’
Ribka Kenelak is a West Papuan activist and youth organizer
Special forces and intelligence personnel are stationed in virtually every village. There are so many cases of soldiers targeting and raping young Papuan girls and women, and there is nothing the villagers can do about it. This is an occupying army involved in continuous violence.
We see the immense wealth of our country – timber, gold, copper, oil and natural gas – exported for the benefit of others. Corporations like Rio Tinto, BP and Freeport are profiting in partnership with the Indonesians.
We need a majority of countries at the UN to support West Papua’s bid for self-determination. It would also be good to target those companies who are exploiting West Papua, and impacting them financially by not buying their products or promoting their business.
Dissent is often met with violence and arbitrary arrest. According to Jason Macleod of the University of Sydney: ‘Acts of state violence occur all over West Papua and are carried out by all parts of the security forces. [Human rights violations] include killing, torture, sexual assault and deprivation of liberty.’
Gathering statistics on these abuses is near-impossible, thanks to Indonesia’s ban on human rights organizations entering the region, and tight media restrictions. Local journalists are routinely bribed, threatened, arrested or killed; foreign media are largely banned.
Estimates of the total number of West Papuans killed by security forces range from 100,000 to 500,000.2 The vast majority of deaths go unreported by official media sources; I have been told of villagers stacking skulls in caves as evidence of atrocities that might otherwise be forgotten.
Unequal access to healthcare, education and employment means that Indigenous West Papuans have much higher rates of poverty, illiteracy, child mortality and HIV infection than the rest of the Indonesian population. Jim Elmslie of Sydney University observed that between 1971 and 2000, the Indigenous West Papuan population grew 50 per cent more slowly than the population of neighbouring Papua New Guinea, resulting in 360,000 ‘missing Papuans’.3
West Papuans gain little benefit from mining and drilling projects from companies like Freeport and BP that trash their food sources and poison their water supplies. Indonesian-backed logging and palm-oil plantations are cutting swathes through the rainforest in a process Octo Mote describes as ‘destroying the lungs of the world’.
Jennifer Robinson of International Lawyers for West Papua is in no doubt that all of this amounts to a slow-moving genocide: ‘It’s a constant, low-level conflict where West Papuans are dying all the time – from state violence, from the HIV epidemic, from a lack of access to healthcare, from being forced off their land. If we don’t act fast to secure their rights then we will lose the West Papuans as a people.’

West Papuan women paint their faces with the Morning Star flag before a freedom rally in Jayapura, 19 December 2016.KNBP

United voices

But those people have always refused to go quietly. For decades, the under-equipped and outnumbered forces of the Free Papua Movement (OPM) have maintained a guerrilla resistance from the jungle, supported by a growing civil resistance movement in the cities and now a new wave of international support.
A game-changing event was the foundation of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) in December 2014, an umbrella group that has succeeded in uniting the disparate factions of the freedom movement for the first time. Emboldened by their new united leadership, West Papuans have been taking to the streets in unprecedented numbers. The surge in political arrests in West Papua from 370 in 2014 to 8,000 in 2016 reflects both the growth in the movement, and Indonesia’s increasingly repressive attempts to crack down on it.
The West Papuan people are refusing to be cowed. ‘Last December, the police fired water cannons at West Papuan protesters – and they started dancing in the jets of water!’ says Veronica Koman. ‘Then 17 people were arrested in Jayapura for Free West Papua graffiti. They were released the following day, went straight back and did the very same thing again! They’re not afraid any more.’
Every significant international development now sparks mass demonstrations in West Papua. Smartphones and social media are allowing the movement to bypass the media blackout and share their struggle with the world, which has helped drive a new wave of solidarity action across the Pacific region – particularly in countries like Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands that share West Papua’s ethnic Melanesian roots. This new sense of regional solidarity has in turn helped to push Pacific governments to take an active international stand.
‘They are now free, but West Papua is still under colonialism,’ says Victor Yeimo, chair of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB). ‘Melanesian solidarity is not a racial sentiment, it’s about the responsibility of our brothers and sisters to help their family in West Papua.’ Despite fierce protests from Indonesia, in 2015 the ULMWP was formally accepted as an Observer member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group of countries (MSG), and seven Pacific states spoke up in support of West Papua at the UN in 2016.

Power and responsibility

In May 2016, MPs from around the world signed up to the International Parliamentarians for West Papua (IPWP)’s ‘Westminster Declaration’, calling on the UN to oversee a new independence referendum. The event was celebrated with huge gatherings in West Papua that resulted in 2,000 arrests.
Meanwhile, the IPWP’s sibling group International Lawyers for West Papua (ILWP) is calling for the recognition of Indonesia’s actions in West Papua as genocide, pushing for a UN investigation into human rights abuses, and challenging the legitimacy of the Act of Free Choice. Although the legal case is clear – the West Papuans were denied their right to self-determination – getting it heard at the International Court of Justice requires majority support at the UN General Assembly, another reason why international support is so vital for the West Papuan cause.
Meanwhile, a growing number of Indonesian citizens are joining the demonstrations. Surya Anta, spokesperson for the Indonesian People’s Front for West Papua (FRI-West Papua), says: ‘For the first time in Indonesian history we have a united solidarity movement which acknowledges West Papua as a nation and supports their right to self-determination.’ That solidarity is starting to be returned. Activists from the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) joined Indonesian protests against a proposed land-grabbing cement plant at Kendeng, and against forced evictions in Yogyakarta. This is extremely significant, as the support of Indonesian citizens was key to the successful campaign for the independence of Timor-Leste in 1999.
These are all hopeful signs – but this moment of opportunity could easily be lost, crushed beneath Indonesia’s ever-harsher military crackdowns. International solidarity is urgently needed, and many of us have a special responsibility here. The British and US governments knew in 1969 that the vote was a sham and that most West Papuans wanted independence.4They and their allies supported Indonesia’s claim at the UN anyway. Today, British, US and Australian corporations profit from mining projects that destroy West Papua’s forests, and from the sale of weapons used to repress its people. We must refuse to be complicit, and speak out.
Together, we can beat Indonesia’s media black­out and share West Papua’s struggle with the world. We can pressure our governments to right the wrongs of the past, and give the West Papuan people the real independence vote they have been denied for so long. As Victor Yeimo says, ‘Tell your government, your media, your church, your organization, your family, your friends. Whatever your skills or talents, find a way to bring them to our struggle. We need you.’

'Women are speaking out’

Rode Wanimbo is a West Papuan organizer, working with women’s organizations and churches in the rural highlands

West Papua is my paradise. But it is being destroyed. Under Indonesian oppression, there is no future, no hope. I feel like I’m a stranger in my own land. My mountains have been destroyed. My rivers have been spoiled. They call it development but it is destruction.
So many of us are now fighting for freedom. Indonesia will say, ‘West Papua wanted this in 1969’, but it’s not true. The Act of Free Choice was really the Act of No Choice.
The voices of West Papuan women are gradually being heard, but still not loud enough. In 2000, we had the first West Papuan women’s congress, where women from across the country came together – that was a historic moment. But many of the women were still being too influenced by the men and not fully speaking their own minds.
This is now changing. In this generation, there are West Papuan women who are wise and strong; they are standing up and speaking out. Sometimes our voices are not welcomed or taken seriously, but women are a vital part of this movement. We need to make sure that the new laws in a free West Papua are not just made by the men.
  1. University of Sydney, 2011, 
  2. University of Sydney, 2005, and The Diplomat, 
  3. Inside Indonesia, 
  4. The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, 
This feature was published in the May issue of New Internationalist. To read more, buy this issue or subscribe.


2) Walk for West Papuan freedom and independence

                      Friday, April 28, 2017
A group of West Papuans living in Australia and their supporters are walking 73 kilometres from Geelong to Melbourne over April 26 to 30 to highlight the ongoing human rights abuses experienced by indigenous West Papuans who have lived under Indonesian occupation since 1963 and to raise awareness of the campaign for a free West Papua.
The distance of 73 kilometres was chosen to signify the distance between Australian territory (Deliverance Island) and West Papua.
A local community event will be held at each overnight stop to provide an opportunity to engage with Papuans about the situation in West Papua.
Rebecca Langley a volunteer with Voice of West Papua radio program on 3CR, one of the organisers of the walk, said: "It's time to raise our voices together and show our government, the people who represent us, that they need to put pressure on Indonesia to allow international NGOs and media access to West Papua. Lift the cloak of silence. It's time to talk about West Papua."’
The Walk for West Papua was organised in association with the Voice of West Papua radio program on 3CR. The walk will finish on Sunday April 30 in Footscray at the Footscray Arts Centre from 2pm.
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3) Recalling Arnold Ap, It’s a Wife and Child Message in Holland

Warning 33 years of the Arnold Apostle Ap. (Thedy Pekei - SP)

JAYAPURA, - Corry Ap-Bukorpioper (70), wife of the late Arnold Clemens Ap, from the Netherlands, participated in thanking the Papuan cultural observers in Jayapura and every year commemorating the death of Mambesak music group personnel.

"Thank you for the brothers in the homeland who today can remember the father, the husband (deceased Arnold C Ap) and ade Eduard Mofu. They did not die for the Ap and Mofu family alone. Rather they died for all the people of Papua who are still alive and struggling today, "said the deceased's wife via a video clip uploaded on Youtube's Oridek Ap account (click here).

Acknowledgments and messages from the family were delivered on the anniversary of the death of Arnold C. Ap and Eduard Mofu the 33rd.

In Jayapura, the anniversary of the death of Papuan culturalists was held at Cenderawasih University Culture Loka Museum on Wednesday.

From The Hague, the Netherlands, Mama Corry said, "You keep fighting because we also remember the spirit and spirit of Arnold Ap (Mambesak) living with the brothers. Now and the time to come. Again this is what we can say. "

"We do not donate anything to you. But we will pray for you to God for strength and long life, "said Mama Corry.

Oridek Ap, the first son of the deceased to give speech and spirit to the young generation of Papua who hingg now still continue to care for memory and against forgetting.

"I also tell all those who have taken the time to remember Kamam (father) of the late Arnold Ap and Kamam Eduard Mofu who died 33 years ago. We are here to be proud, because all of you still remember the father and we believe all your struggle is still alive today, "said Oridek.

He was convinced that Arnold Ap could unite all the tribes through the song and there was no gulf between the Papuans because of the culture and there was only one namely the Land of Papua.

"It is not the fathers who were killed because of this land, but many Papuans were killed because of this land. Father will live with you all, "the oldest son's message.

Arnold Ap was born on the island of Numfor, Biak, July 1, 1945. He died on April 26, 1984. His departure is still a mystery to date. He was a Papuan artist in the 70s to 80s.

From various testimonies, Arnold murdered the military because of the growing popularity of Papuan cultural music group called Mambesak. Through it he and his friends at that time lifted the spirit of the Papuans by singing or unifying songs of the people of Papua.

According to historical records owned by Yan Christian Warinussy, a few days before being found lifeless, Arnold was in Jayapura prison, where he was detained since November 30, 1983.

"Arnold Ap and his colleagues are serving their status as prisoners at the Papua Police Headquarters on Jalan Koti, APO Jayapura due to legal charges. But somehow Arnold Ap, who was also a curator of the Cendrawasih University Anthropology Museum, could be taken out of the detention room to his death at Base-G Beach. "

This legendary Papuan traditional musician was allegedly persecuted and even killed by a group of security officers on the coast of Base-G Jayapura, Papua. Kopassandha (now Kopassus), allegedly involved in the case.

"In his body at that time there were several injuries allegedly assaulted by extermination and firearm shots, Arnold was killed in blood and found on Base-G Beach, then his body was rushed to Army Hospital Aryoko, Kloofkamp, ​​Jayapura, to be cleaned and then Delivered to be buried in his residence in front of Uncen Campus, Abepura, Jayapura. "

Arnold Ap was buried at the Abepura General Cemetery (TPU). The former house of a Kingstreen (home of thick German heavy aluminum zinc) on the edge of the Abepura-Padang Bulan Highway, is still there today.

The late left 4 sons: Oridek (42), Mambri (41), Erisam (34), Mansorak (32). Together with mama Corry Ap-Bukorpioper (70) they lived in the Netherlands since the murder. They are forced to flee and until now survive in a land of exile.


Purchase: Harun Rumbarar