Indonesia warns it may use force against West Papuan Freedom Flotilla

Marni Cordell

Government says ‘use of weaponry may not be necessary’ but armed forces ‘will take measures’ if activists enter its waters

The Indonesian government has said it hopes it will not be necessary to use lethal force against a boatload of activists planning to land illegally in Merauke, West Papua, in the coming weeks.

The West Papuan Freedom Flotilla is sailing from Australia to raise awareness about the abuses faced by Indigenous West Papuans under Indonesian rule. They have been denied permission to enter Indonesian territory.

 Read the full story from the Guardian

One thought on “Indonesia warns it may use force against West Papuan Freedom Flotilla

  1. The view of a Civilian-
    An interesting situation where it is stated that traveling across the waters in a selfless act is illegal .The reality is that the harm towards these humans, the West Papuan people and the fact that these innocent people are being controlled and threatened, the west Papuans are living under and having to endure is illegal.
    Activists set sail-
    Let us focus on the ‘good’ these so labeled ‘activists’ are trying to achieve.

    West Papuans have suffered 50 years of human rights violations, discrimination and abuse at the hands of Indonesia after it fraudulently took control of West Papua in a staged ‘referendum’ organised by the UN. I hope to continue working closely with IPWP to ensure the EU applies and keeps up the pressure on Indonesia and the UN to grant the peoples of West Papua a properly conducted referendum on in dependence
    Caroline Lucas MP

    Let us threaten the people who are on a mission to ‘save’ the people. Children, Women.Man.

    -Indonesia warns it may use force against West Papuan Freedom Flotilla
    *The Guardian

    -INDONESIA’S navy and air force have been instructed to intercept the “West Papua Freedom Flotilla” if the vessels attempt to enter Indonesian Papua’s waters.
    *The Australian

    “I told the Australian ambassador (Greg Moriarty) it would be better if no country became the departure point of anybody who wants to disturb another country’s sovereignty,” Mr Djoko said in a note circulated to Jakarta journalists on the weekend.

    Disturbing a countries sovereignty ?

    Sovereignty is the quality of having independent authority over a geographic area, such as a territory. It can be found in a power to rule and make laws that rests on a political fact for which no pure legal definition can be provided. In theoretical terms, the idea of “sovereignty”, historically, from Socrates to Thomas Hobbes, has always necessitated a moral imperative on the entity exercising it.
    *Wikipedia

    After 42 years of Indonesian rule, women in West Papua continue to fight for their freedom and peace.
    *Association for women’s rights in Development.

    Australian Free West Papua campaigners are urging the Gillard Labor Government to break with over 40 years of successive Australian governments’ policies of ‘turning a blind eye’ to the human rights abuses that continue on our doorstep in West Papua.

    Turning a blind eye: Do we turn a blind eye often? Is this a regular occurrence? Is this beneficial?

    Since the Indonesian military occupation in the 1960’s it is estimated that over 100,000 West Papuans have been killed. It’s time for Australians to stand up for our West Papuan neighbours and defend human rights.
    *Action for human rights in West Papua

    The question: Are we human? Humanity:
    1. all human beings collectively; the human race; humankind.
    2. the quality or condition of being human; human nature.
    3. the quality of being humane; kindness; benevolence.

    Description-Animalistic:
    1. Enjoyment of vigorous health and physical drives.
    2. Indifference to all but the physical appetites.
    3. The doctrine that humans are merely animals with no spiritual nature.

    -Aussie activists face arrest in West Papua
    * News.com.au
    Let us not be negative with these minority of good humans who truly do exist without personal selfish gain).

    West Papuans have suffered 50 years of human rights violations, discrimination and abuse at the hands of Indonesia after it fraudulently took control of West Papua in a staged ‘referendum’ organised by the UN. I hope to continue working closely with IPWP to ensure the EU applies and keeps up the pressure on Indonesia and the UN to grant the peoples of West Papua a properly conducted referendum on independence
    *MP- International Parliamentarians for West Papua

    Do not turn a blind eye toward vigilantes in a controlled manipulated position who are lost and thrive on arrest,rape or torture. Let us be humans. Good humans and not be animalistic. Let us talk and care about each other.Let’s get to know each other, have no control over each other, anyone. Stand on two feet and have a say. Be heard.Freedom of speech. Freedom of ourselves. Freedom of the big and little.Freedom of the West Papuan. Freedom of the people.

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