West Papuans to Seek Mass Political Asylum in Papua New Guinea.

By Lewis Prai Wellip

The Deputy Regent of Nduga regency in West Papua, Mr Wentinus Nemiagge has warned the Indonesian Government and President Jokowi.

If they don’t withdraw all the troops (Organic and Non-organic) in the Ndugama region of West Papua within 2 months, he will have no choice but force mass evacuation of civilians to seek political asylum in neigbouring Papua New Guinea.

The warning comes amid ongoing clashes between Indonesian security forces and West Papua National Liberation Army or TPNPB-OPM. Currently over 50,000 civilians are displaced from their villages in the highlands of West Papua.

Over 200 people have died since Indonesian military bombed the villages in Ndugama region in 2018.

Indonesian Military is currently engaged in massive military operations in highlands of West Papua especially in;

  • Intan-Jaya,
  • Puncak Jaya,
  • Nduguma,
  • Lany-Jaya,
  • Wamena,
  • Paniai, and
  • Timika.

Indonesian military is also grabbing land and trying to build its new military Base without the approval of the local tribal leaders.

The situation in West Papua is a time-bomb and could trigger mass evacuation of civilians across the border.

Photos attached are images of innocent civilians shot by Indonesian military in Keneyam, Nduga regency in West Papua on 27th February 2020.

See full Press Release by Central Headquarters of TPNPB-OPM as per attached.

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