All day flag raising events in solidarity with West Papua independence movement.
Event location: Trades Hall Victoria 6pm
The Morning Star was also be raised on flag poles in Ballarat Castlemaine and Kyneton!
West Papuan LIVE MUSIC, DANCING, FOOD and…We so are excited to announce the LAUNCH screening of the latest music video on the West Papuan culture and struggle: Sorong Samarai experience – from the tip of West Papua to the tip of PNG – One People, One soul, One destiny at December 1 flag raising at Trades Hall Melbourne!!
December 1st 1961 was to be West Papua’s Independence Day according to the Dutch decolonisation plan, but international actors such as Indonesia, the USA and the United Nations intervened and stopped this from taking place through signing the New York Agreement without the consultation or involvement of the West Papuan people. It was on this day however that the West Papuan Morning Star flag was raised and it therefore continues to be an important day for West Papuans all over the world in their continuing struggle for independence.
Each year West Papuans and their supporters raise flags in solidarity to show that they are still fighting and remember what could have been 55 years ago. Instead West Papuans continue to be shot and killed for raising the Morning Star as it is seen by the Indonesian government as an act of treason.
The Morning Star flag is a symbol of freedom and flying it is an act of acknowledgement and recognition of the hardship of the West Papuan people who have endured 55 years of human rights abuses and environmental destruction under Indonesian occupation.
ABOUT THE DAY
On the 17/01/2016 the community celebrated the cultural diversity of West Papua with a family friendly paddle on the beautiful Yarra River at Warrandyte.
The aims of the ‘Paddle For West Papua’ is to:
1) raise awareness on waterway health and the benefits of recreational paddling
2) celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the ‘Airo Dewohi’ arriving on Cape York on 17 January 2006.
Ten years ago to the day, (17.01.2006) 43 West Papuans (including seven children) landed safely on Cape York after paddling from West Papua in a traditional dugout canoe.
The reason for their paddle was to escape persecution from their West Papuan home lands, where the Indonesian military have been in control since 1962. During his time, as many as 500,000 West Papuans have been killed in a silent genocide that receives little media coverage from the outside world.
My name is Lober Wainggai
I’m from Serui Island West Papua
I came to Australia with 43 people in this traditional canoe
We came to tell people about the situation in West Papua
This boat is used for hunting and fishing and transportation
The journey was scary we could only travel in the night time We met our secret contacts to collect the petrol and food and had to keep moving so that we would not be caught by the Indonesian Military
I got on the boat in Sorong I am boat driver. It took 2 weeks to get to Merauke
Most people got on the boat there it was January 2006
We got lost for 4 days in ocean because the engine broke we had no food only a few banana for 43 people
The sea was rough little bit of rain and wind no sleeping we just sit holding on
17th January in the evening we arrived in Cape York , We put the boat in crocodile river and we slept on the beach.
The next afternoon journalist came by helicopter and immigration by car and took us to Weipa. Then we were taken to Christmas Island for 3months at the detention centre. We got refugee status TPV and were sent to Melbourne
Now I am living in Melbourne
The boat was confiscated by the Australian Navy
West Papuan and non-Papuan activists and supporters for a Free West Papua in Melbourne prepare to set up a vigil overnight across the Indonesian Consulate. As part of the global flag raising day, it is tragic to hear about the arrests of hundreds of Papuan Student of Alliance (AMP) in Jogjakarta and shootings in Yapen that left four people died.
Spokesperson at the West Papua Honai Embassy – Melbourne, Ronny Kareni, condemned the inhumane treatment of Papuans who peacefully celebrate this historic day. “We are saddened by the lost of our Papuan activists by Indonesian security forces crackdown on peaceful activists and condemned the barbaric act from the state,” said Mr Kareni. ”It clearly shows Indonesia has no place in West Papua.”
The sad news have strengthen the supporters at the West Papua Honai Embassy conviction to continue their vigil overnight at the Indonesian Consulate – Melbourne. Izzy Brown, who helped in organising the event today said “We stand in solidarity with West Papuans who were arrested today Jogjakarta and West Papua.”
The supporters at the Honai Embassy call out for Melbournians to come and join them in solidarity at the camp opposite the Indonesian consulate on this global day in support for the ongoing cry and hopes of the indigenous people of West Papua. Meg, Jaadwa woman and member of Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance, said that she came in solidarity with our West Papuan brothers and sisters in our shared struggles. “We condemn the Australian government’s involvement in training and funding Indonesian paramilitary forces that protect the interests of Australian and multinational mining corporations,” Meg said. She drew parallels between the forced closures of Aboriginal homeland communities and re-iterated that we as indigenous people are united.
The people also raised a traditional West Papuan Honai embassy to symbolise indigenous people’s struggles as they are displaced from their homelands, their culture, language and freedom. The flag was raised in solidarity with activists across West Papua repressed by Indonesian forces as they attempted to raise the flag this morning.
Since the Morning Star flag was first raised 54 years ago, the Melanesian peoples of West Papua have continued to suffer under Indonesian occupation with an estimated 500,000 people missing or murdered since the Indonesian invasion in 1963. The Australian government is complicit in this slow genocide through its’ military and diplomatic support of the Indonesian government. Multinational mining corporations wreak environmental devastation for huge profit while local people are displaced from their homelands.
West Papuans and their supporters from all over the world call on their governments to support West Papua’s claim of their homeland and freedom for their people.
“The United Liberation Movement of West Papua claims of rampant human rights abuses in West Papua are unfounded and unsubstantiated”
On Indonesia’s Independence day in Darwin a rally was held at the
Indonesian Consulate to remind all guests that rampant human rights
abusesin West Papua CONTINUE under the flag of Indonesia and that
the flag of West Papua is not the Indonesian flag, but the Independence Morning Star flag #PapuaMerdekahttps://www.facebook.com/events/1629581630637023/
The Indonesian consul in Darwin had retweeted and applauded the deceitful Indonesian Government statement. The new Consul in Darwin uses local and social media to try and portray a perfect image of his relations with West Papua – attempts to cover up the continued rampant human rights abuse using renowned Indonesian Government lies and deceit. The Indonesian Consul in Darwin calls West Papuan people his ‘little cousins’ to try and hide the rape, murder, torture and well documented ongoing genocide in West Papua.
The Indonesian Consulate Darwin Protocol and Consular Affairs secretary
came to meet us on our arrival and stated “Today is a special day of the
whole year – we have very important guests here – you didn’t let us come
to your Forum in July so you cant protest here today – please not today”
We replied that we would not negotiate as the Indonesian Government forces continue to arrest and have murdered West Papuan people who raise their Morning Star Merdeka flag and although we respect the people of Indonesia, until West Papua has it’s freedom, your flag will be covered in blood.
The protest continued loudly. Later a male guest or Consulate staff member was forced by Northern territory Police to return a mobile phone he stole from
a protesters hand by reaching over the fence, pulling her arm and stealing her phone from her hand – which was recording at the time.
The Indonesian Consul has laid a complaint with the Northern Territory Police Commissioner in an attempt to charge us with ‘disturbing the peace”
Freedom Bags are hand made in West Papua by West Papua – Melanesia Women’s Solidarity group(SPM-PB)
Buy a bag and support!
To order in Australia contact Sixta on 0434150765
or order in West Papua contact Nova Hp 081247000054
SPM-PB consists of female students, youth and alot of housewives in West Papua, The women through the work of art or sewing are supporting the struggle of self-determination (Papua Merdeka).
Melanesia Women’s Solidarity is a poltical resistance organization for liberation of West Papua from Indonesia’s colonial rule. SPM-PB is based in West Papua and has a national network throughout West Papua.
Since the brutal occupation of Indonesia on Papua land, many West Papua Melanesia Women have experienced violence, rape, murder, discrimination and so forth. Hence, Melanesian women have to find a way to fight oppression.
The national liberation struggle of West Papua is also the struggle of West Papua Melanesian women’s liberation. There is no national liberation of West Papua without the liberation of West Papua Melanesia women.
SPM-PB also aims to build solidarity with the women’s liberation movement in Papua, Indonesia, Pacific region and globally. https://www.facebook.com/SupportWestPapuaMelanesiaWomensSolidarity
In Melbourne, we will be protesting the continued occupation by Indonesia of the land of the West Papuan people that has seen the genocide of half a million people over the past 53 years. Indonesian occupation has profited from mining- mining that has caused devastating environmental damage and resulting ill-health. US-owned Freeport and Australian-owned Rio Tinto mining corporations make huge profits, shared with Indonesia, on the suffering of West Papuan people.
The minister for Foreign Affairs agreed to meet privately with Peter Elaby today on condition that no photographs, recording devices or flags were present. This is Peter’s REPORT ON PRIVATE MEETING WITH THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER August 2, 2015 by Peter Elaby
On the morning of August 2, 2015, a group of Free West Papua supporters in Darwin attended a morning tea fundraiser as the special guest was Australia’s Foreign Affairs minister Julie Bishop. We asked the ministerial advisers if she could meet to discuss human rights in West Papua.
Julie Bishop was the key speaker who had a few questions from the crowd. She knew I wanted to speak to her but she ignored my hand in the air waiting to ask her a question. After she sat down, we walked up to her table peacefully with the morning star flag whilst the and asked her if she was going to meet to discuss West Papua. She said to go over to another area and wait, so we did.
We continued peacefully holding Free West Papua banners and the morning star flag whilst the ministerial advisers negotiated with the minister to meet at our request. The minister finally agreed to meet privately only with me and on condition that no photographs or flags were present. It was agreed and soon I was taken into a room, body searched and told to wait.
After 15 minutes the minister entered the room with one other woman and Federal policeman. The minister sat down and asked me what my name was. I said “My name is Peter Elaby and I come from West Papua but I am Australian citizen as well. I know you are my Australian government foreign affairs minister so is it possible that I can ask you a few questions?”.
The minister replied “Sure, what do you want to ask me?”
I asked her “Why does the Australian government not look at solving the human rights problems in the Pacific and particular in West Papua?”
The minister replied “The Australian government can’t do anything to help the human rights issues in West Papua because we respect Indonesian sovereignty over West Papua.” In addition she said “The Australian government is sure that the issue of human rights in West Papua can be solved with consultation with the Indonesian government”.
I then asked her “What is the Australian government stance on human rights in West Papua because Australia has been financing and training Indonesian troops and when they get back many are sent to West Papua. The Indonesian military kill civilian people and kill those who try to speak up about their rights. The Australian government helps the Indonesian government to arrest and kill West Papuans who join a democratic and peaceful rally”.
The minister replied that the Australian government cannot do anything because they respect the boundaries of Indonesian sovereignty.
I asked the minister for Foreign affairs “What is the difference between East Timor and West Papua?’ She was stuck but finally she replied “Well East Timor only got independence because Indonesia gave them a referendum”. But i said “No, the Australian government sent INTERFET troops into East Timor”. She then just started talking about Indonesian sovereignty again and how Australia can’t possibly interfere.
I next asked the minister “Why can the Australian government send troops into the Middle East but not next door in West Papua where the Indonesian government commits genocide of the people of West Papua and Australia just do nothing?’
She replied by repeating that Australia respects of the sovereign boundaries of Indonesia and that it is impossible for Australia to help.
I spoke to the minister about the fuzzy wuzzy angels of West Papua. I said “In World War 2 when Japan was trying to invade the Pacific, the people in West Papua and Papua New Guinea were the ones who stood and helped the Australian troops in Papua”. I asked her “Where is the Australian moral obligation toward the people of West Papua and the human rights situation in West Papua?”
The foreign affairs minister agreed that the people of West Papua helped Australia a lot in World War 2. She began explaining that Australia are educating some students from the pacific islands like Fiji, PNG and the Solomon Islands and that Australia work together with some Pacific Islands governments to solve the problems in the pacific region. But she didn’t say anything about the West Papuan human rights issues or genocide that is happening in West Papua.
We didn’t agree with each other because she didn’t mention how Australia could help solve the human rights issues in West Papua. She only wanted to talk about bringing students from the Pacific region while the real situation in West Papua is really upsetting me.
The foreign minister repeated again about Indonesian sovereignty and how Australia can’t do much. Then she asked me “me what do you think?”
I replied “West Papua will get independence one day”
Pada tanggal 16 Juli, Flotilla Kemerdekaan ke Papua Barat membalas ‘permainan perang’ di antara AS dan Australia dengan aksi langsung di laut lepas, menarik perhatian pada perjuangan Papua Barat untuk kemerdekaan dari pendudukan Indonesia yang kejam.
Flotilla Kemerdekaan ke Papua Barat berfokus kepada keterlibatan Australia dan AS dalam pelanggaran HAM disana. Kedua negara tersebut telah memungkinkan dan mendukung pendudukan ini, secara diplomatis dan secara material.
Masalah ini mulai di tahun 1961, dengan pengambilalihan Papua Barat, yaitu difasilitasi oleh PBB. Pada saatnya jajak pendapat itu, militer Indonesia memilih 1025 orang Papua Barat, dan memaksa orang tersebut untuk memilih di bawah todongan senjata. Papua Barat berada di bawah pendudukan militer Indonesia sejak 1969.
Selama lima puluh tahun ini, Papua Barat telah menderita sebuah genosida, yang pernah dilaporkan secara luas. Sampai sekarang, lebih dari 500,000 warga negara Papua tewas, atau diperkosa dan disiksa. Pendukungan militer dan keuangan dari Australia dan AS berlangsung sampai hari ini. Begitu juga pembunuhan dan pelanggaran Hak Asasi Manusia oleh pasukan Indonesia di Papua Barat sedang berlangsung.
Inisiator Flotilla, Ketua Arabunna Kevin Buzzacott, mengatakan bahwa
“Kami tidak akan tahan pembunuhan ini di depan rumah kami.”
“Australia dan AS memang terlibat dalam genosida yang terjadi di Papua Barat. Kedua Pemerintah ini bertangan merah dengan darah Papua Barat” mengatakan Izzy Brown, dari Flotilla Kemerdekaan.
Laporan HAM Departemen Luar Negeri AS yang baru-baru ini dirilis menyorot pelanggaran HAM oleh pasukan Indonesia yang sedang berlangsung di Papua Barat. Laporan ini mengungkapkan bahwa penyiksaan dan pembunuhan tersebut disembunyikan secara sistematis. Laporan tersebut dapat dibaca dengan URL ini : http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/humanrightsreport/index.htm?year=2014&dlid=236442#wrapper
Tambang Freeport juga terkenal karena keterlibatan dalam pelanggaran HAM sistematis oleh pasukan keamanan yang diperkerjakan oleh Freeport, termasuk pengawasan, penyiksaan mental, ancaman kematian dan tahanan rumah. Operasi Freeport di Papua Barat telah menyebabkan kerusakan parah pada lingkunga orang Amungme, yaitu merupakan sebuah kontribusi terhadap genosida budaya yang sedang berlangsung di seluruh Papua Barat.
Di 2015, pemerintah Australia berkurang bantuan luar negeri ke Indonesia, tetapi pendanaan untuk pembantuan dan pelatihan polisi Indonesia tetap mengalir. Pasukan Indonesia telah melakukan pelanggaran HAM yang parah, dan Australia harus berhenti pendanaan yang memungkinkan ketakutan massal dan pembunuhan kejam.
Orang Papua Barat berjuang untuk kemerdekaan. Di antaranya, ada banyak orang yang berjuang untuk hidupnya mereka sendiri. Mereka telah meminta bantuan kami.
Kami membantu rakyat Timor Leste di saat mereka membutuhkan. Rakyat Papua Barat layak mendapatkan dukungan kami juga. Hubungi Flotilla Kemerdekaan ke Papua Barat: email@example.com
Australia untuk Papua Barat Merdeka 0407267502