West Papua Media Alerts (West Papua's Independent Human Rights Media)
West Papua Freedom Flotilla
The canoe that brought 43 West Papuan Asylum Seekers to Australia in 2006
National Committee for West Papua (KNPB, Indonesian acronym) [http://knpbnews.com/]
West Papua National Coalition for Liberation (WMNCL)
Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG)
an intergovernmental organization made up of the sovereign states of
Papua-New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Fiji, and the Kanak and
Socialist National Liberation Front (FLKNS, French acronym) of New
Caledonia (an overseas collectivity of France).
2013-06-10 "West Papua Liberation"
by Jay Taber [http://intercontinentalcry.org/west-papua-liberation/]:
West Papua delegates will participate for the first time in a summit of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, an intergovernmental organization of sovereign states including Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua-New Guinea. The West Papua National Coalition for Liberation has requested full membership in MSG. Based on their illegal annexation by Indonesia, the National Committee for West Papua is seeking support for West Papuan independence at the UN.
2013-06-10 "West Papuans to internationalize self-determination claim"
West Papuan organization admitted to participate in Melanesian intergovernmental organization meeting · Group plans day of demonstrations next week asking for West Papuan right to self-determination
West Papuans are set to seize a historical meeting next week to advance their claim to self-determination from Indonesia. A West Papuan delegation will participate for the first time ever in a summit of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) [http://www.msgsec.info/], an intergovernmental organization made up of the sovereign states of Papua-New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Fiji, and the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front (FLKNS, French acronym) of New Caledonia (an overseas collectivity of France).
Vanuatuan newspaper Daily Post writes [http://www.dailypost.vu/content/wpncl-asks-full-membership-msg] that the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation (WMNCL) has formally asked the MSG to consider full membership for the West Papuan organization.
Melanesian support is critical for West Papuan pro-independence organizations, who are trying to internationalize their self-determination claim. West Papuans consider they need some sovereign states to support them in the international arena, especially in the United Nations.
And on the ground in West Papua, the National Committee for West Papua (KNPB, Indonesian acronym) [http://knpbnews.com/] is planning to organize a day of demonstrations on June 18th in order to mark West Papuan presence in the MSG summit. According to Radio New Zealand International [http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=76577], the KNPB plans to hold marches in Manokwari, Sorong, Yahukimo, Wamena and other towns. The marches will ask for the self-determination of West Papua.
West Papua was annexed by Indonesia in 1963, although both were separate Dutch colonies. West Papuan nationalists argue that, being a different colony, the territory was entitled to its own process of decolonization. Following this line of reasoning, Indonesian annexation was illegal and thus a referendum on self-determination opening the door to full independence should be organized.
Pro-independence demonstrations are usually crushed by Indonesian security forces. Waving the West Papuan flag is illegal in Indonesia.
2013-06-01 "West Papuans given Aboriginal passports"
Photo Credit: [http://freedomflotillawestpapua.org]
West Papua Freedom Flotilla – June 1, 2013 – A historical ceremony was held outside the Victorian Trades Hall on June 1 for the issuing of “Original Nations” passports and West Papuan visas in conjunction with the Freedom Flotilla from Lake Eyre to West Papua.
In solidarity with the passport ceremony in Melbourne, a peaceful rally was also held in Manokwari, West Papua.
The “freedom flotilla” convoy, which will travel through central and northern Australia and leave from Cairns, aims to highlight the abuse of human rights and land rights occurring in West Papua.
Indonesia invaded the western half of the island of New Guinea in May 1963. Since then over 500,000 West Papuan deaths and disappearances have been unaccounted for as a result of violence and poverty inflicted by the military occupation.
West Papuan leaders together with traditional owners of the Kulan, Gunnai and Arabunna Aboriginal nations, which once shared the same continent, have initiated this peaceful action to draw international attention to the situation in West Papua and take a stand against the Indonesian military and the governments and multinational corporations that are complicit in the crimes against humanity taking place there.
“For as long as these human rights abuses occur, the Australian and Indonesian government are complicit in genocide,” says Robert Thorpe, an elder of the Gunnai nation.
Jacob Rumbiak, the foreign minister of the Federated Republic of West Papuan government in exile said: “This mission will reunite our Indigenous family link, which was broken by geological evolution and colonial boundaries.”
Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, an elder of the Arabunna nation said: “This was one land; we still are one people, one soul.”
The Freedom Flotilla is being crowd-funded, and has received support from environmental and human rights activists, politicians, musicians, unions and West Papuans inside and outside West Papua.
2012-03-10 "Federal Republic of West Papua"
by Jay Taber [http://intercontinentalcry.org/federal-republic-of-west-papua/]:
The proclamation of the Federal Republic of West Papua has been registered with the UN Security Council. In order to receive international recognition of its independence from the hostile state of Indonesia, the FRWP will likely seek to implement a process similar to that used in Kosovo.
2012-03-02 "Federal Republic of West Papua is registered at the UN"
JUBI, 2 March 2012 - At the latest hearing of the trial of Forkorus Yaboisembut, Forkorus announced that the proclamation of the Federal Republic of West Papua had been registered with the UN Security Council in order to receive international recognition. This happened on 26 February, said Edison Waromi, the prime minister of the Federal Republic of West Papua, in response to questions from the judge at the trial.He also announced that they had received an acknowledgement from the secretariat of the UN. The registration of the Federal Republic at the UN has been recorded under No Rr.827567846 BT, he told the court.
Forkorus also confirmed this, and went on to say that the Papuan people should work together to get recognition of the Federal Republic and should stop calling for a referendum or for dialogue. ‘Let us focus on getting international recognition,’ he said .
‘Very soon, there will be a country that will recognise our independence and our people should prepare themselves to support this,’ said Forkorus without mentioning which country he had in mind.
Hariyadi Wirawan, an international observer connected with the University of Indonesia, said: ‘This move is intended to get international recognitions because the problem of West Papua has never being solved. What is being demanded for West Papua would follow the scenario of the independence of Kosovo which succeeded in gaining recognition of its independence with the help of an international institution.’