Biak Massacre Ceremony

”On Sunday night here in Darwin, Northern Territory, I performed a Larrakia sacred smoking ceremony for the Biak Massacre and all West Papuan people who have lost there lives and their families. This one of my favourite images of the night.” June Mills

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In 1998, Indonesian forces opened fire on West Papuan citizens in Biak, where the Morning Star flag had been raised in support of West Papua’s independence.
The Indonesian military violently raided houses and forced West Papuan people toward the sea – then tortured, raped and murdered innocent Papuans, murdering over 100 men, women and children. Their Bodies were piled into awaiting Indonesian naval ships. No member of the Indonesian forces have been brought to justice for this crime against humanity.
For more information, please visit http://www.biak-tribunal.org/

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West Papua Freedom Forum 2015

11011756_715874311874989_574954193384334094_nThe first Freedom Forum held in Darwin on Larrakia Land was held this week. The forum was a united gathering of representatives of West Papuan and Indigenous nations and non-Indigenous Australians who resolved to recognise the sovereignty of West Papua and work towards a peaceful end to the brutal Indonesian military occupation of West Papua.

The first Freedom Forum held in Darwin on Larrakia Land  Papua Merdeka!

The first Freedom Forum held in Darwin on Larrakia Land
Papua Merdeka!

The Forum applauded the recent endorsement of the United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP) as observers in the Melanesian Spearhead group.

The forum welcomed the solidarity and support offered to the West Papuan Independence movement by the Maritime Union of Australia NT who resolved to “speak out against the atrocities being perpetrated on the West papuan people by Indonesia”.

The forum calls on the Australian government to end all cooperation with the Indonesian occupying forces carrying out a slow genocide of the West Papuan people. The Australian government has been working hand in glove to maintain Indonesia’s occupation of West Papua by providing political endorsement, financial assistance and military training used to perpetrate the most severe human rights violations.

The first Freedom Forum held in Darwin on Larrakia Land  Papua Merdeka!

The first Freedom Forum held in Darwin on Larrakia Land
Papua Merdeka!

The forum calls for Australia to rescind the 2006 Lombok Treaty between Indonesia and Australia which seeks to silence speech and actions in support of a free West Papua.11220479_10153504116554040_4012955531909460644_n

The forum further resolved to:

i) send a delegation of representatives from Indigenous nations across Australia to attend the Pacific Island Forum in September 2015.

ii) To escalate actions aimed at exposing the human rights abuses taking place in occupied West Papua, including efforts to increase media access and international attention on the occupation

iii) to support further attempts to reunify the Indigenous nations across the Pacific including through further actions by the Freedom Flotilla and actions to undermine the false borders established by the occupation.

Honai Embassy

Honai Embassy

West Papuans struggling for freedom deserve our solidarity and support. The conference resolved to intensify our efforts to bring justice and freedom to the people of West Papua.

Papua Merdeka!

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World’s only West Papuan embassy under eviction

DARWIN 7 July 2015
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The world’s only West Papuan embassy was established yesterday on the lawns of the northern territory parliament, this morning it still stands, but it is under threat of eviction.

The embassy is making history, with West Papuan, Larrakia and Arabunna Elders and non-indigneous activists gathering on the grounds outside parliament drawing attention to the ongoing genocide in West Papua by the Indonesian occupiers.

“We’re refusing to leave until a parliamentary representative speaks with us and commits to a plan of action for West Papuan Independence.”said spokesperson Izzy brown

With a traditional Honai hut erected, a welcome by Larrakia elder June Mills, and the morning star flag flying, the embassy stands as a space where West Papuan culture is celebrated.

“This falls on the anniversary of the Biak Massacre but the killing is ongoing. The Biak Massacre started by a flag raising, by people celebrating their Papuan identity with the morning star flag. Men. Women and children were slaughtered, put up as an example to any one that raises a flag of self-determination.” Said Larrakia Elder June Mills

Exile  West Papuan Foreign Affairs Minister, Jacob Rumbiak, said recently the occupation in West Papua has worsened with Indonesia killing hundreds involved in the student movement.

“We are supporting the United Liberation Movement of West Papua. People in Papua are united in their struggle for independence” Jacob Rumbiak, West Papuan Foreign Affairs Minister

“We are not going to close our eyes we are not going to close our hearts. We are here to give a voice to the voiceless. Children do not deserve to grow up in a war zone” said Larrakia Elder June Mills

“The time has come for us to make world peace, West Papuans have the right to live in freedom” said Arabunna elder Kevin Buzzacott

The embassy has resulted from a 3 day forum on the West Papuan struggle in Darwin, which was attended by West Papuan, Larrakia, and Arabunna elders, and representatives as well as non-indigenous supporters, including crew members from the West Papuan Freedom Flotilla.

The Freedom Flotilla is set to sail again to draw attention to the destruction and genocide perpetrated by multinational corporations and colonial governments against the West Papuan people, we are targeting share-holder Rio Tinto over the Freeport Grasberg mine.

Further comment:
Izzy Brown, Freedom Flotilla Spokesperson, 0410535896
Ronny Kareni, West Papuan Media Spokesperson 0401222177

KSI LANGSUNG FREEDOM FLOTILLA PAPUA BARAT 2015

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Juru bicara Freedom Flotilla Papua Barat, Izzy Brown, telah mengkonfirmasi bahwa Freedom Flotilla akan membentangkan layar dari Darwin pada tahun ini untuk melakukan aksi langsung terbaru mereka di lautan untuk menyorot kerusakan yang dilakukan oleh korporasi multinasional dan pemerintahan kolonial pada lahan dan masyarakat Papua Barat; terutama menargetkan pemilik saham terbesar di pertambangan Freeport di Timika, yaitu korporasi Rio Tinto.
”Kami menargetkan Freeport karena pembunuhan masal yang mereka lakukan di Papua Barat sangatlah menjijikkan. Selain membiayai militer Indonesia untuk membunuh masyarakat pribumi Papua Barat, mereka juga meracuni tanah dan perairan di Papua Barat hingga titik yang mustahil untuk diperbaiki, tanpa mempedulikan standar lingkungan internasional sama sekali,” kata Brown. Freedom Flotilla Papua Barat telah berhasil melewati Angkatan Laut Indonesia dan petugas pemerintahan Australia pada tahun 2013, ketika mereka berhasil melakukan misi mereka untuk menghubungkan kembali masyarakat Papua Barat dan kaum Aborigin. Setelah melewati perjalanan sejauh 5000 kilometer dari Danau Eyre di Australia Selatan hingga titik yang disebut sebagai “perbatasan Indonesia” jauh di Utara pada selat Torres; Tetua Arabunna, Paman Kevin Buzzacot, memberikan air suci dari lahan mereka sendiri disertai abu dari upacara sakral yang dilakukan diantara dua kapal kecil diluar teluk selatan Papua tersebut, dengan menghindari intersepsi oleh petugas pemerintahan. Aksi tersebut berhasil mendapatkan perhatian sorotan media global kepada isu Papua Barat.

FREEDOM FLOTILLA dan FORUM PEMBEBASAN PAPUA BARAT, DARWIN 2015
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Paman Kevin Buzzacott dan Freedom Flotilla Papua Barat akan berpartisipasi dalam Forum Pembebasan Papua Barat di Darwin pada bulan Juli untuk memperingati Pembantaian Biak, dengan fokus kepada pembangunan jaringan pribumi Papua Barat dan Australia. Tetua Aborigin Larrakia dan Arabunna June Mills dan Paman Kevin Buzzacott, bersama dengan organisasi-organisasi Papua Barat Australia, kelompok-kelompok pribumi, dan para pendukung non-pribumi akan berkumpul di forum ini pada 4-6 Juli untuk berpartisipasi dalam diskusi, workshop, berbagi cerita, dan pertunjukan musik. Pemimpin Papua Barat yang terusir, mantan tahanan politik dan anggota dari Persatuan Pergerakan Pembebasan Papua Barat, Jacob Rumbiak, juga akan menghadiri Forum Pembebasan tersebut setelah kembali dari Kepulauan Solomon dimana ia telah memfasilitasi penyertaan keanggotaan Papua Barat dalam badan regional yang tangguh, Melanesian Spearhead Group.
“Kami bekerja untuk kedamaian dan keadilan di dunia, dimulai dari area kami, Pasifik.” kata Rumbiak. Paman Kevin Buzzacott telah mengkonfirmasi bahwa Forum Pembebasan Papua Barat akan mengeluarkan pernyataan publik dan rencana aksi untuk memperingati Pembantaian Biak, dimana lebih dari 150 orang telah disiksa dengan brutal, hingga kemudian dibunuh dan dibuang tubuhnya di lautan; setelah aksi protes mendukung kemerdekaan pada kepulauan utara Papua Barat, Biak, Juli 1998.
“Kami tidak bisa membiarkan pembunuhan ini didiamkan pada pintu kami. Kami harus menantang kekuasaan Indonesia. Kami harus memerdekakan Papua, dengan risiko apapun.” kata Buzzacott.

Kontak Media untuk Forum Pembebasan: Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, Tetua Arabunna 0431157747
Kontak media untuk Papua Barat: Ronny Kareni, Juru Bicara Media Papua Barat 0401222177

Biggest thank you to all the fabulous crew that donated to the to our crowd funding campaign!

Biggest thank you to all the fabulous crew that donated to the to our crowd funding campaign!

The Freedom Flotilla to West Papua would like to thank you for your support in creating an unprecedented event of creative resistance to the Indonesian occupation of West Papua.

This initiative by Indigenous Elders of Australia and West Papua will build global solidarity and highlight the abuses of human rights and land rights carried out under the occupations of their lands on an international stage.

The whole Free West Papua campaign in Melbourne has been re-invigorated by all the energy people have been putting in to get this Freedom Flotilla happening, making donations, organizing and playing at benefit gigs, and spreading the word about the situation of West Papuans.

With this kind of support, we believe the Freedom Flotilla can plant West Papua firmly on the map of peoples’ consciousness world-wide. The more supporters we have behind it the more we can get the word out to the international public and demonstrate that West Papua’s isolation is not a product of geography, but of artificial barriers created by the occupation against journalists and NGOs.

Again we thank you for investing your money and your belief in this historic event.

Join our list of  supporters via video message, facebook, email, or commenting here, and add your or your communities name to the growing list of supporters from politicians,  unions, campaign groups and musicians.

Thanks for all the work that you’ve done and continue doing that will make this journey possible.

TERRITORIANS FOR A FREE WEST PAPUA

MEDIA RELEASE 21/10/2014

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Territorians for a Free West Papua will stand alongside with members of the West Papuan Community and members of the International solidarity movement ‘United Struggle’ at a rally to be held at the Indonesian Consulate Darwin at 8 am on Wednesday October 21.

The rally will include a statement to be delivered to the President of Indonesia and include messages from West Papuan activist Lober Wanggai who asks the President to “leave West Papua in Peace’ whilst activist Alpheus Meage says “all the people of West Papua want is freedom’.

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World Environment Day Earth Embassy Action- Grass Hut outside Parliament

This World Environment Day, June the 5th 2014 an Earth Embassy will be established at the Victorian Parliament House precinct. The Embassy is a reclamation of the sovereign indigenous land and will represent a united front of world indigenous movements against the destruction of the earth and its peoples.

The autonomous space will be a hub for all earth defenders to establish a presence on Aboriginal land and bring their issues to the city streets.

The protest features the First-nations Liberation Movement (FnL). They will bring Black issues to the conversation on World Environment Day, creating a space for indigenous people to join forces in solidarity with others responding to the ecological emergency facing our planet.

West Papuan indigenous activists will construct a traditional hut to bring their demands for environmental justice and human rights in their homeland to Melbourne.

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Earth Embassy 5/6/2014

Earth Embassy Manifesto-
From land rights and the environment, from toll ways to fracking, from old growth forests to coal mining, from dredging to drilling, from human rights to animal liberation, from sustainable energies to anti- nuke.
Our forces combined, our powers united. No longer will we allow our world to be destroyed in silence.
On the auspicious day of World Environment Day, 5th June 2014, may we combine our global efforts to become a force to be reckoned with.
This is a call out to all individuals, groups, collectives and organisations that stand in the defense of the earth, its environment, animals and people, to respond to global environmental and social injustice, in anyway, shape or form.

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Melanesian Women Solidarity call out for equiptment

Melanesian Women Solidarity has put out the call for 5 laptops and 5 printers for women in West Papua. The laptops and printers will be distributed to 5 different regions in WP to help with the training of women to empower them in the non violent struggle for human rights in West Papua.

Also a request for video cameras for the women just came through.. please spread the word.. this stuff can save lives.

Any organization or individuals that willing to help PLEASE let us know ASAP

contact izzybrown@live.com