Senin, 22 Juni 2015


Exiled West Papua Leader and the founder of Free West Papua Campaign Benny Wenda says West Papua’s issue is a Melanesian issue.
Mr Wenda, who lives in England, is in the country with four other West Papua Advocate leaders who also live in other international countries.
He told SIBC News today they are in the country to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders Summit.
“Now we are coming back to the family and bring West Papua back to the family. That’s the main reason why we are here and to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group. We hope that our people out there could pray for us and this is one of the issues that is unfinished in the Melanesian region because the West Papuan issue is a regional issue and also Pacific issue, but particularly a Melanesian issue.”
On West Papua’s campaign to be a member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, Benny Wenda says, West Papua will have a voice to speak out if it becomes a member of the MSG.
“If West Papua become a member of MSG, that means give us the voice to speak out about injustice, about security and also we can contribute some of our experience as well as look after one another better across the Melanesia because MSG stands for how to share common grounds and that’s why bringing West Papua to the Melanesian family is very important.”

WEST PAPUA: A Hard Choice, But A Simple One

West Papua: a hard choice, but a simple one

No matter how we slice and dice the issue of West Papuan independence, it always comes down to this: Do the indigenous peoples of a distinct and discrete land mass have the democratic right to self-determination or not?
The answer, according to international law and standards, is an unequivocal yes.
Even a cursory examination of history reveals that Indonesia has systematically ignored and subverted the desires of the people who share the island of Papua with their cultural and ethnic brethren and sistren in Papua New Guinea. They have oppressed these people using military force, and their policies in the region have from the beginning been designed to silence the voice of the indigenous people there.
Indonesian president Joko Widodo’s protestations notwithstanding, there is no free press in the Papuan provinces. Police and military continue to claim in the face of incontrovertible evidence that there is no unrest. And still they claim that even advocating for independence is a crime. Attending a peaceful demonstration is considered grounds for arrest and incarceration. Political activity can get you tortured or killed.
Virtually all of the independence leaders living in exile have faced systematic persecution extending across borders. After he escaped prison and fled for his life, Benny Wenda faced years of forced immobility because of a flagrantly erroneous Interpol ‘red notice’, which falsely accused Mr Wenda of arson and murder.
Just last month, Mr Wenda was denied entry into the United States following an interview with US Homeland Security personnel. No reason was provided at the time. Presumably, the terrorist watch-list, or a similar international mechanism, is being used to curtail his visibility on the world stage.
It needs to be said that Jokowi, and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono before him, would do more if they could. But the plain truth is that civilian rule of law does not extend to the Papuan provinces. These frontier areas are the under the hegemony of the Indonesian military. The wealth they derive from this island is such that they are content to conduct what has been characterised as a “slow-motion genocide” in order to perpetuate their own prosperity.
It’s despicable, frankly. But nobody seems to have either the power or the political will to end this tyranny. One can argue realpolitik, and claim that Indonesia is moving in the right direction, but it’s clear that politicians in Jakarta allow these depredations to continue on Melanesian peoples even while they take great strides to protect their ethnically Asian populations.
In editorial pages across the region, commentators are writhing and contorting themselves to try to find a dignified, elevated expression of the pending decision: Should the Melanesian Spearhead Group recommend full membership for the United Movement for the Liberation of West Papua (ULMWP)? Will they do it?
The answer to each question is agonisingly simple: Yes, they should; and no, they will not.
Indonesia has already won this round. They won on the day that Voreqe Bainimarama reiterated that Indonesia’s territorial integrity was inviolate. They won doubly when he recommended them for associate membership in the MSG, a move that effectively kills the prospect of any dialogue concerning West Papuan independence in this forum.
The MSG operates on consensus. If there is no agreement, there is no action. Given the opposing stances that Vanuatu and Fiji have taken concerning the ULMWP, no compromise – let alone consensus – seems possible. And given the recent rise to power of Sato Kilman, widely considered to be Indonesia’s cats-paw in Vanuatu, membership for Indonesia is not out of the question.
Regional commentators and political figures wax poetic about the need for dialogue and inclusion. They ignore the rather inconvenient fact that West Papua’s MSG bid is a result of the fact that dialogue within Indonesia is not only impossible, it’s frequently fatal to those who attempt it.
It’s frankly infuriating to see the namby-pamby linguistic contortions that some of those involved have engaged in. Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare’s championship-level equivocation, advocating for observer status for the ULMWP and membership for Indonesia, simply closes the coffin and hands the nails to Indonesia. PNG prime minister Peter O’Neill’s ability to swallow his outrage over human rights abuses seems to increase right alongside his ability to attract Indonesian business interests.
But worst of all is Vanuatu’s deputy prime minister Moana Carcasses, who only last year made history with his presentation of West Papua’s plight to the United Nations. Now, he is reportedly professing that the issue is a difficult one, and that understanding and patience need to prevail.
Fiji, at least, is unapologetic, if shameless, in its stance.
The MSG cannot move out of this morass if it won’t speak clearly about the situation. There is a prima facie case for West Papuan membership in the MSG. If the fact that the chair is currently held by the New Caledonian independence movement weren’t evidence enough, then the words of support from MSG founding member Sir Michael Somare should suffice.
But ULMWP membership is unacceptable to Indonesia. And it has played its hand with care. Ensuring that even Australia did not remain on the sidelines, it prodded and pulled at everyone involved, and got the result that it wanted.
If the MSG is to retain even an iota of credibility, the only line that it can honestly take now is to admit that it cannot usefully function as a forum for discussions concerning Melanesian decolonialisation, because it lacks the strength to resist the overwhelming power of its neighbours.
It’s a fact: Melanesia is weak. There’s no shame in saying so. Indonesia is powerful – powerful enough even to give Australia pause. Indonesia has the will and the political and material resources necessary to ensure that West Papuan independence remains merely a dream for years yet to come. Likewise, armed resistance to an utterly ruthless military cannot succeed. The days of the OPM are past – if they ever existed.
The sooner we come to terms with these truths, the sooner ULMWP can begin developing effective tactics to counteract them. Those of us in Melanesia owe them at least that much.
[First published at the Pacific Institute of Public Policy.]


West Papua independence leader optimistic about MSG membership bid

Updated 22 June 2015, 9:17 AEST
In Solomon Islands, the foreign ministers of the Melanesian Spearhead Group are meeting in Honiara today, ahead of the leaders summit later this week.
Top of the agenda is the application by the umbrella group Free West Papua movement for membership of the MSG which is likely to divide the grouping with Fiji saying no, PNG muted in its support and Solomon Islands offering observer status.
Vanuatu and the FLNKS are the unknowns - for the moment.
Independence leader Benny Wenda from United Liberation Movement of West Papua, says he is still hoping for full membership status in the MSG.
Reporter: Richard Ewart
Speaker: Benny Wenda from United Liberation Movement of West Papua


Police of the Republic of Indonesia once again shows the ignorance of the Papuan students arrested 14 people
Independent Students Forum (FIM) Degree fragment Fund (22/15) at Abepura Jayapura, West Papua
Jayapura, (KM) - Papuan Students who are members of the Forum of Independent Students undertaking a fragment of funding for Paniai Ad hoc Team to assist the Commission.
Fundraising action to help the Commission in order to facilitate the work team Adhoc already in shape on 7 April 2015 and of the Commission by Act 26 of 2000
Fundraising action ended with the arrest of 14 students who are doing fundraising action in Abepura, Jayapura, morning, clock 07:30 CDT, Monday, June 22, 2015.
14 students were arrested and taken to the Jayapura Police arrest without reason. and predictably, as police attempt to impede the legal process cases of serious human rights Paniai.
14 Students have good intentions to help the Commission, because they want the legal process of the case Paniai 7-8 December 2014 could go right through the mechanism of law.
Moreover, Komnas HAM has decided Law 26 of 2000, which should, all parties subject to the Act, even though the Indonesian police are only a tool of the State.
The names of those arrested:
1. Melianus Duwitau
2. Terminus Kogoya
3. Fernando Ogetai
4. Aleks Mujisau
5. Sakarias Yogi
6. Yuliten Kobepa
7. Allo Yeimo
8. Mauren Ikinia
9. Esau Yarinap
10. Temius Kogoya
11. Arnol Yarinap
12. Benjamin Yatipai
13. Felix Tenouye
14. Alexander Sedik
However, please support and advocacy of all parties, especially the Commission, because they were arrested only to assist the work of Komnas HAM, let expedite the work team formed Adhoc Commission. (Jonah E. Gobai / KM)

WEST PAPUA: Represented by the ULMWP Must be at the MSG Table.

Media release 22 June 2015
West Papua, represented by the ULMWP must be at the MSG table
The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) leaders must realise by now that the umbrella organisation, The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) has the support of the West Papuan people in its bid for membership of the MSG.
In the past month civil society groups in West Papuan have held rallies throughout West Papua in support of the ULMWP’s application for membership. Many of the demonstrators were arrested and beaten by the Indonesian security forces during the rallies. The West Papuan people have also gathered a petition containing 150,000 signatures in support of the ULMWP’s application.

The people of the MSG countries are also calling on their leaders to support the ULMWP’s application, holding rallies of support in their respective countries.

Joe Collins of AWPA said, “this meeting is of historic importance in Melanesian history. The issue of West Papuan is not going away and by giving the West Papuan people a voice at the MSG, It will empower them in international fora, given them a voice in raising their concerns in the international community and with the Indonesian Government. The MSG leaders will be seen as helping solve one of the longest ongoing conflicts in the Pacific region”

Although the ULMWP has applied for full membership, the Solomon Islands PM has suggested observer status for the ULMWP. Joe Collins said, "whatever the status ULMWP receives the most important thing is that the ULMWP has a seat the MSG table”.