Helping West Papua
Posted: 04-Sep-2019

Federal Republic of West Papua

As Vanuatu (a small Pacific island nation) advances its motion in the UN General Assembly to register West Papua on the UN Decolonisation List, we urge the Australian government to vote for West Papua's registration on the UN Decolonisation List.

West Papua was a Dutch colony when the Japanese military invaded from April 1942 until the dramatic and devastating arrival of MacArthur's US-Australian taskforces in April 1944. In the next period UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold and many others influenced the West Papuan shift from a nation of tribes to the nation-state they are today, and worked with them against Indonesia's colonization of an indigenous Melanesian people. The United Nations gifted West Papua to Indonesia in 1962 and their human rights and sovereignty have been in jeopardy ever since. It is believe that over 150,000 people have dies in the struggle.

For the past six decades West Papuans have lived within genocidal conditions, experiencing violence, injustice, torture, and gross human rights violations:
Currently 2,650 Indonesian commandos are hunting down the local freedom-fighters and the Jakarta Government has since banned local churches and NGOs from carrying emergency food, water, and medicine supplies to the victims and the two-thousand displaced indigenous villagers. Access by foreign and Indonesian media is restricted, despite President Jokowi's declarations of the contrary, which limits reporting to a few courageous West Papuans with mobile phones.

Enough is enough. The West Papuans are our closest neighbours. They deserve their freedom and they want their right to self-determination.

It is time that these people were given self-determination and the right to conduct a referendum about their nation’s future. Damascus College has supported this struggle in the past and invites College families to support the public gathering this Friday 6th September 2019 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm at the Rotunda on Sturt Street (Between Dawson and Doveton Streets). As well families are asked to join the petition.  

To the Honourable President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned is regarding the motion that is set to be raised at the 2019 UN General Assembly regarding The West Papuan people and their right to self-determination. Your petitioners request that the Senate instructs the Australian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations to vote in support of this motion in the United Nations General Assembly in September 2019. 

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