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March 4, 2021

Human Rights Abuses continue in West Papua 

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Those who protest for independence openly in West Papua do so at a high personal cost. It is illegal to raise the morning star flag and many West Papuan leaders are sitting out long jail terms for peaceful acts of defiance.

Indonesia guards West Papua aggressively not allowing journalists, diplomats or human rights workers into the country.

And it’s no surprise – the massive US owned Freeport McMoran gold and copper mine in West Papua is one of the Indonesia’s largest taxpayers.  Australian companies also own a number of mines in West Papua.

Indonesia has been criticised for many human right’s abuses in the past which includes the mass slaughter of communists in 1965 in Indonesia itself, the invasion of East Timor in 1975, and now it’s illegal occupation of West Papua.

Indonesia is seen as an important political ally for Australia, and politicians from both sides are reluctant to upset their Indonesian counterparts.

Australia maintains close ties with the Indonesian military. It also provides training and funding for its counter-terror police unit, Detachment 88, which has been involved in recent crackdowns on the independence movement in West Papua.

Australia is home to a large West Papuan community and a large network of supporters of West Papuan independence.

At the moment supporters are in the process of forming a Free West Papua Party to run at the next Federal electection.

All Austalians should watch the following video…..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcfzkTvbV9k


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  1. If you have no enough data to say, please don’t be provocative! I was just back from Papua and West Papua, they live in peace without any conflicts. Be objective please, Thanks

  2. When John Howard had to politically deal with Indonesia due to approx. 40 asylum seekers from Irian Jaya many years ago, I wonder if future asylum seekers from Irian Jaya would be treated differently than other seekers from the middle east or Afghanistan?
    One would hope that they would not be placed in a detention centre due to the latent knowledge that our government is aware of the atrocities that are occurring in Irian Jaya.

    We just sit back like the three monkeys… no to hear, speak & see.

  3. Don’t know who you are 323 or which West Papua you visited. You might want to look at these web sites and review your position. There are hundreds more sites like these all over the world. Thanks Craig


  4. There are a hundreds of websites throughout the world in support of the Free West Papua movement. Unfortunately allot of Australians and the world are unaware what is happening in West Papua due to the media blackout that Indonesia has imposed. There is also a considerable amount of disinformation out there as well.

  5. 323, you landed in a wrong location. West Papua is in dire need of support. Indonesia continues to shade blood and crack down aggressively on independence movements. Why has the world decided to ignore West Papua’s cry for help? We’ve lost what defines us as humans.


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