FREEDOM FLOTILLA AT WEST PAPUA FREEDOM FORUM, DARWIN 2015

Uncle Kevin Buzzacott and the West Papua Freedom Flotilla will be participating in the West Papua Freedom Forum in Darwin in July on the anniversary of the Biak Massacre with a focus on Indigenous networking between Australia and West Papua.

Larrakia and Arabunna Aboriginal Elders June Mills and Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, along with Australian West Papua organizations, Indigenous groups and non-indigenous supporters will converge at the forum from the 4th to the 6th of July to participate in workshops, talk, storytelling and musical performance.

Exiled West Papuan leader, former political prisoner and member of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, Jacob Rumbiak, will also attend the Freedom Forum after returning from the Solomon Islands where he has been facilitating West Papua’s submission for membership into powerful regional body, the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

“We work for world peace and justice, we start from our region, the Pacific.” Mr Rumbiak said.

Uncle Kevin Buzzacott has confirmed that the West Papua Freedom Forum will result in a public statement and action plan to commemorate the Biak Massacre atrocities in which more than 150 people were brutally tortured, killed and their bodies dumped at sea, after a pro-independence protest on the northern West Papuan island of Biak in July, 1998.

“We can’t have this murder on our doorstep. We must contest the Indonesian authority. We must free West Papua at all cost.” Mr Buzzacott said.

Flotilla Media Contact for Freedom Forum:
Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, Arabunna Elder 0431157747

Flotilla Media Contact for West Papua:
Ronny Kareni, West Papuan Media Spokesperson 0401222177kev_fb

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WEST PAPUA FREEDOM FLOTILLA DIRECT ACTION 2015

West Papua Freedom Flotilla spokesperson Izzy Brown has confirmed that the Freedom Flotilla will set sail from Darwin this year to undertake their latest direct action on the high seas to highlight damage caused by multinational corporations and colonial governments on the land and people of West Papua, specifically targeting major shareholder Rio Tinto and the Freeport Grasberg mine in Timika.

”We’re targeting Rio Tinto and the Freeport Grasberg mine because the genocide they are committing on the West Papuan people is disgusting. Not only are they funding the Indonesian military to kill indigenous West Papuans, they are also poisoning the land and water beyond repair and disregarding global environmental standards,” Ms Brown said.

The Freedom Flotilla to West Papua successfully defied the Indonesian Navy and Australian authorities in 2013 when they completed their mission to reconnect West Papuan and Aboriginal Peoples.

After a 5000 kilometre journey from Lake Eyre in South Australia all the way to the so-called Indonesian border north off the Torres Strait Arabunna Elder, Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, delivered sacred water from his own country and ashes from Aboriginal tent embassies around Australia directly to West Papuan leaders.

The secret ceremony took place between two small boats off the south coast of Papua, avoided interception by authorities and gained global media attention putting West Papuan issues in the spotlight.

Flotilla Media Contact for Direct Action: Izzy Brown 0497513584 or 0410535896flag-dawn_fb

Freedom Flotilla – Taking direct action on the high seas

ff2015  Freedom Flotilla – Taking direct action on the high seas against human rights abuses dispossession and poisoning of indigenous land and water in West Papua.

A river of poison flows from the last tropical glassier in the world. It is a sacred place for the Amungme People.The glassier is called Nemangkawi ‘’the white arrow’’. Many people have died by the hands of the Indonesian military who control the area since the mines inception.The Indonesian military are payed over 3 million dollars a year in “protection money” by Freeport McMoran which operates the nearby Grasberg goldmine.

‘’The republic of Indonesia kills people like me, Amungme people, the land the military own in Timika was not bought, it was taken at gunpoint. The Indonesian military is used as a tool by Freeport mine to kill us.’’ Mama Yosepha Alomang.

In 2013 the freedom flotilla reconnected the lands and the struggles of Papuan and Australia indigenous people with a sacred ceremony conducted in the water off the coast of Papua. Indigenous elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott of Arabuna country in South Australia delivered the sacred water from the mound spring in his country and ashes from the Aboriginal tent embassy’s around Australia to West Papuan Elders leaders and Activist to reconnect the land and people that were once joined.

This year the Freedom Flotilla wants to follow up that reconnection with an action to highlight the suffering of West Papuan People and the damage caused by Multinational companies and colonial governments on the land and people, specifically targeting Rio Tinto’s Freeport mine in Tamika West Papua.

Grasberg Freeport McMoran mine In partnership with Rio Tinto the mine accumulates some 700,000 tonnes of toxic mine waste tailings per day ’(that’s nearly 26 billion tonnes a year) discharged out over the mountain polluting the head waters of the life line of the Amungme people.

West Papua is the scene of the most brutal colonial genocide in the region since Britain’s invasion of Australia. The ‘state torture and terrorism’ inflicted on West Papuans is the saddest and most horrific situation a human being can endure.

Original Nations Passport Ceremony-JUNE 1 2013

Original Nations Passport Ceremony-JUNE 1 2013

‘We were one people, we still are one people we must up hold our cultural connection, the old land is calling us.’ Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, Arabunna Aboriginal Elder

In preparation for the freedom flotilla to West Papua, First Nation people are inviting everyone for this historic event of the Original Nations Passport Ceremony.

The Original Nation Passports will be issued by Robert Thorpe and Uncle Larry Walsh, (Kulan Nation) West Papua visa stamps issued by Jacob Rumbiak – Foreign Affairs Minister of the Federated Republic of West Papua (FRWP).

Genocide is being committed. Sovereignty has never been ceded.

The time has come for the original people of Sahul Land 1 to come together as a combined force to demand the Australian and Indonesian government to acknowledge indigenous sovereignty and take practical steps towards the peace process.

The Freedom Flotilla to West Papua has initiated this creative movement to bring the international attention to the undeclared war on indigenous people of Australia and West Papua.

In 1962, Indonesia invaded the western half of Papua, since that time over 500,000 West Papuans have died as the result of violence and poverty under the military occupation.

We challenge the jurisdiction of foreign law on indigenous land, these laws are allowing genocide to be facilitated. For as long as these human rights abuses occur, the Australian and Indonesian government are complicit in genocide.” Robert Thorpe

This is an invitation to the people of Australia, Indonesia and the world to take a stand against the government, military and multinational corporations that are engaging in these crimes against humanity. Take part in this movement, acknowledge the traditional owners and respect their right to self-determination.

This mission will reunite our Indigenous family link which was broken by geological evolution and colonial boundaries.  This was one land, we still are one people, one soul.” Jacob Rumbiak

The official Original Nations passport ceremony will be happening on the steps of Trades Hall in Melbourne on 10am Saturday the 1st of June 2013 54 Victoria St, Carlton VIC 3053

For more information go to http://freedomflotillawestpapua.org

Ronny Kareni 0401222177/ Izzy Brown 0410535896/ Nicky Stott 042430792

 

  1. n. The continent that contains the islands of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Tasmania especially during the ice ages of the Pleistocene when these were connected by solid land.