The Truth Will Set Our People of West Papua and Indonesia Free
West Papua solidarity march in PNG draws thousands
West Papua solidarity march in PNG draws thousands


Thank you to the PNG Council of Churches for coming out to support this noble course. The right to self determination is not just a universal declaration provide in Article 1 of the United Nation Charter, it’s also a right promulgated by God when he got Moses to tell Pharaoh – Let my people go!

Thank you Governor Gary Juffa for your continuous support for our people of West Papua. You have never withered and I salute you. You are a champion of our people.

I thank Prime Minister Hon. James Marape for the brave stand he has made. We are a manifestation of that stand that we won’t stand by and allow our people to be killed and oppressed.

I am proud and salute you all our people. For 57 years they have been fighting on their own. For 57 years they have been alone because we allowed fear to dictate our decisions and action. Today we made and are making a big statement- that our people are not alone. That we are all Papuans, East and West Papuans

In these 57 years Governments of PNG, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Solomons, Fiji, Europe and the America’s have failed our people because we have left it to our Governments! Today we the people must stand up and speak about what is in our hearts and mind and not leave to just Governments to decide.

I salute you all our people, we are here to stand in solidarity with our people of West Papua and to assure them that they are not alone. That we hear their cries and feel their pain. That we will amplify their cries to the Government and people of the world so that the world can shift and help them to realize their aspirations.

People have asked me many times, Governor how will you be able to take on this mighty challenge and help our people realize their freedom. Today I say only the truth will set our people free and I am here to speak the truth without fear! This is what will see our people free!


West Papua solidarity march in PNG draws thousands
West Papua solidarity march in PNG draws thousands


Indonesia or what it is now, had a Hindu Buddhist Empire around 375 AD to the 13 century. The fact is West Papua was never part of such empire.

In the 13 Century, there were a number of Muslim sultanate or empires in the area including Majapahit, Malacca and Tidore. Again the fact is, West Papua was NEVER part of these sultanates or empire.


Portugal and Netherlands started colonizing Indonesia around the 16 Century. Initially Netherlands started with the Dutch East Indies Company and then the Government of Holland took over what was then called the Dutch East Indies. West Papua was never part of that colony!

West Papua only become a colony of Holland or Netherlands in the 1800s like PNG, towards the end of 1800s towards 19th Century. A difference of over 250 years. So Indonesia and West Papua do not have the same colonial history!

To say or use the colonial history as basis for incorporating West Papua into the Indonesian Republic is to suggest that Kenya and Zimbabwe should be one country or Laos and Vietnam should be one country or Argentina and Chile should be one country. This is a ridiculous and very weak basis for justifying incorporation or take over of West Papua by Indonesia.


During the Second World War Indonesian Independence Leaders collaborated with the Japanese and when the war was over they fought a war of independence against Holland/Netherlands and gained independence in 1947.

West Papua never fought a war against Holland and was never part of the war of liberation against Holland. It was never part of the Declaration of Independence by Indonesia in 1947.

West Papuans were collaborating with Holland and preparing for Independence when they were invaded in 1962. It already had a coat of arms, flag, National anthem, military and police. It already had its own Parliament by the time Indonesia invaded in 1962. West Papua was by fraud incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 some 20 years after Indonesia had already declared Independence.

We all know the fraud that happened in 1969. The requirement of the law is very clear – ONE PERSON, ONE VOTE. That was the law in 1969 and it remains the law now! That’s the law we will apply next month in Bougainville’s Referendum. That’s the law United Nations applied in East Timor in 1999.

The West Papuan’s preparation to independence is not unusual. We in PNG were being prepared for and got independence the same way. In 1964 we elected the first house of Assembly. Some Members were appointed by the colonial Government. In 1968 we had the first fully elected House of Assembly. That is when Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare and Sir Julius Chan were voted into Parliament and the rest is history.

I saw my parents vote in 1968. I was about 7 years old and in Standard 1 in Primary School. They voted for independence because they voted for the late Sir Paliau Maloat who stood for Independence and nothing else. I know this because in my village, the vote was unanimous in favour of Sir Paliau.


By assembling only 1025 people to vote in 1969, Indonesia was not only breaching the law, it was also insulting the people of West Papua and had no confidence in them from the beginning. This is the general attitude of the Indonesian Government and it’s people then and today. They believed West Papuans can’t think for themselves, and that they don’t have same or better mental capacities. That they were incapable of deciding their future in 1969. And they cannot run their own country and decide their own future today. It’s not unusual they are calling West Papuans as monkeys today. It’s always been Indonesian attitude from 1961 till today!


In 1969 when Indonesia conducted its fake vote, the population of West Papua was about 1million. Today, some 57 years later, the West Papuan population is just about 2 million. In the same period the population of PNG has gone from 1.5million in 1969 to almost 10 million now! This shows that West Papuans have been systematically by design, neglected, killed and oppressed. This in itself says a lot about the incorporation. It has failed!


Indonesia must come to terms with these facts and begin the process of self determination. Indonesia will be free of guilt, shame and free of discrimination and state violence when it frees West Papua. Our regions will, and can live in peace and harmony when we solve and cure this sore in our relationship.

We are capable of living peacefully and harmoniously with our neighbor Indonesia. We do not hate Indonesia and the Indonesian people but we will never be good neighbors and have a prosperous future when you continue to suppress our people and treat them as animals.

Stand up for peace and dignity Indonesia. Show the world that you can overcome your demons and mistakes, and help us to have a greater future. Show us that you are a great nation and champion of Self determination! Show us that you are a law abiding nation, by allowing the Papuans to determine their own future in accordance with the law.


Fear of the future will only limit us to remaining in a poor past. Let us all rise above our fear and insecurity, to be brave and forge a greater future that is peaceful and prosperous. Indonesia overcome your fears and insecurities. A great future awaits you if you choose to be brave and resolve this crisis honorably, by allowing the Papuans their rights.

To the Governments of the region and the world, fear has not solved any crisis and will never solve this crisis. It is only through being brave and fearless that we can solve this problem, by telling the Indonesian Government honestly and sincerely what we know and feel. Otherwise we will continue to live in fear and insecurity forever and we all will miss the opportunity for a greater future together.

Let us just tell the truth and the truth will set our people of West Papua, Indonesia and our region free!


PC – Wanpis Ako


West Papua solidarity march in PNG draws thousands
West Papua solidarity march in PNG draws thousands

West Papua solidarity march in PNG draws thousands
West Papua solidarity march in PNG draws thousands
West Papua solidarity march in PNG draws thousands

Thousands of Papua New Guineans marched through Port Moresby in support of West Papuan freedom today.

This follows weeks of protests by West Papuans, as well as unrest, in the neighbouring Indonesian-ruled territory.

PNG civil society groups were among those leading today’s large demonstration of Melanesian solidarity in the PNG capital.

Those marching condemned recent cases of racism towards West Papuans in Indonesian cities which sparked the wave of mobilisations across the border.

They were also calling for West Papua to be given an independence referendum.

Alexander Rheeney@ARheeney

Video footage being shared on social media showing protest by hundreds in #PNG capital Port Moresby today with protesters condemning #Indonesia and calling for indigenous #Westpapua to be given freedom. Looking at the footage, I must say I am impressed with the numbers.

It’s estimated that over two thousand people took part in today’s rally in Moresby.

At least 10 people have been killed and dozens arrested amid an Indonesian secyurity forces crackdown in the two Papuan provinces.

The PNG prime minister James Marape has condemned the violence, saying “no human beings deserve to be killed, especially on their own land,” in a televised press conference.

Mr Marape has reiterated PNG government support for Indonesian sovereignty in West Papua.

But his government supports calls for the office of the UN Human Rights Commissioner to have access to the remote territory, which Indonesia applies tight restrictions on.

Source: RNZ

West Papua: police investigate as bags of snakes thrown into student dormitory

Masked motorcycle riders pull up around 4am at East Java building that has been the target of protests

Helen Davidson and Kate Lamb in Jakarta , @heldavidsonMon 9 Sep 2019 09.48 BST

Indonesian police are investigating allegations of masked motorcycle riders throwing bags of snakes into a West Papuan student dormitory in Surabaya and “deliberately spreading terror”.

The hostel was the site of anti-Papua protests last month, which then sparked rolling and often violent protests across Indonesia, including in the Papuan province.

Students at the East Java accommodation, which was the target of racist taunts and protests last month, said shortly after 4am Monday four people on two motorcycles pulled up outside the building.

They threw an open sack containing a 15-20kg python, and another containing three “aggressive” snakes which escaped into the compound, student Yohanes Giyai told the Guardian.West Papua students ‘shot by militias’ as video of soldiers firing on crowds emerges

“We could not catch three aggressive snakes because they were moving towards the gutter in the dormitory, while the snake in the plastic bag [we] managed to catch it because the snake had not come out of the bag,” Giyai said.

Videos sent to the Guardian, purporting to be of the incident, show a large python curled inside an open sack.

Giyai,an organiser for the Papuan Student Alliance Central Committee, said the motorcyclists fled as students hurried out of their rooms. He said a group of people they suspected to be Indonesian authorities were watching the building through binoculars, and were “running around”.

An East Java police spokesperson, Frans Barung Mangera, told the Guardian the police were investigating the incident to determine who was “deliberately spreading terror” and confirmed the dormitory was being guarded by police.

It was not clear if police were guarding the building when the motorcyclists came by.

Students have told the Guardian they feel the police presence is a form of intimidation.

It is not the first time snakes have been used to intimidate West Papuans. In February a UN panel of experts called for investigations into violence, unlawful arrest and mistreatment, after video emerged of police using a large snake to terrorise a handcuffed Papuan teenage boy.

News of the dawn intimidation comes days after reports emerged that an Indonesian student activist, Surya Anta, was being detained in an isolated cell at the Mako Brimob detention centre where nationalist songs, including the national anthem, were played throughout the day.

The pro-Papuan activist was arrested with seven Papuan students for allegedly raising the Morning Star flag, a symbol of Papuan independence, at a protest in front of the state palace in Jakarta. Police say they are now facing charges of treason.

n recent days activists have also claimed that security forces in the Papuan capital of Jayapura have conducted nightly raids on student dormitories, leaving students frightened and traumatised, while other Papuan students have complained of being subject to heavy surveillance and intimidation by authorities.

At least six people are believed to have been killed and dozens arrested in clashes between protesters and police in Papuan towns in recent weeks.

Indonesian authorities deployed extra police and military personnel into the region, and shut down internet, as demonstrations turned violent.

A number of students were reportedly shot by militia groups, and footage of soldiers firing on protesters emerged last month.

Footage of protests seen by the Guardian also appeared to show pro-Indonesian militia marching, carrying Indonesian flags and weapons. Indonesian military personnel are seen in some clips, walking among the militia.

Much of the information from the Papua protests has come through the Indonesian human rights lawyer Veronica Koman, who Indonesian authorities have since named as a “suspect” in the spreading of “fake news”.

On Saturday East Java police said they had issued a warrant for Koman.

The chief of the East Java regional police Insp Gen Luki Hermawan, told Antara news police had visited her family’s house, and were working with state intelligence, government ministries and the immigration department.

Police have cited Koman’s posts about an August incident in Surabaya when military and nationalist militia were captured on video calling Papuan students “monkeys” and “dogs”.

She faces up to six years jail if found guilty on charges under the country’s controversial electronic information and transactions law.