Rex Rumakiek, one of the five international representatives of the United Liberation Movement West Papua (ULMWP), will be talking about the self determination, de-colonisation and independence for West Papua from Indonesia in international arenas including the United Nations this Saturday at Sunforest organic farm. Photo supplied.
Supporting the free West Papuan liberation movement, Australia’s closest neighbour, Sunforest organic farm is hosting a traditional moomoo pig feast this Saturday.
Rex Rumakiek, one of the five international representatives of the United Liberation Movement West Papua (ULMWP), will be talking about the self determination, de-colonisation and independence for West Papua from Indonesia in international arenas including the United Nations.
‘It is still highly militarised in West Papua,’ said organiser Matthew Jamieson.
‘There is military in every single village, people are constantly under surveillance. Human Rights abuse is a major method of control by Indonesian state through its military and police, which act with impunity.
‘Recent cases of Human Rights abuse by police, such as Paniai case, continue not to be addressed even when government has promise investigation.’
Rumakiek has been active representing West Papua in the Pacific countries since the the late 1980s. He started his involvement in the liberation movement with the Organisi Papua Merdeka (OPM) which waged a guerrilla war against Indonesia in the jungle during the 1970s, 80s and early 90s.
Seven Pacific countries are currently publicly expressing concern about continuing human rights violence in West Papua, including Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Tuvalu, Samoa, Tonga and Marshall Islands. Solomon Islands and Vanuatu leaders, together with the leadership of the French occupied Kanaky (New Caleadonia) have voiced support for the right to self determination for the territory of West Papua
‘The Papuan population is stagnating and the Indonesian government is increasing the numbers of trans-migrants that are coming in,’ continued Jamieson.
‘In relation to the palm oil issue the locals are being threatened into signing away their land.
‘Supressing political decent by West Papuan people and backing industrial companies in conflicts over land usage is the norm for Indonesian security forces. Public outspoken criticism of Indonesia occupation and development agenda is dangerous for West Papuans in the villages and in provincial centres.
‘Development programs that are being set up to develop the region are not benefitting the local population but are to the advantage of the migrants brought in and are mostly just leading to the clearing of the forest.’
West Papua has the largest tracts of tropical forest left in the world.
‘In Merauke region about 150,000 hectares of tropical forest has been converted to rapidly expanding oil palm estates, and not counting the industrial logging impacts. The Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE) has allocated 1.2 million hectare for industrial agriculture concessions and a further 4 million hectares ear marked for of conversion from forest.’
The continued clearing of forests contributes to climate change and rising sea levels that is becoming a serious issue for Pacific countries.
The first climate change relocations that started in 2016 continue to take place from Careret Islands onto the mainland in Papua New Guinea as the islands ares swallowed by the sea.
‘Carbon emissions from burning off tropical rainforest in West Papua, Sumatra and Kalimantan which is caused by industrial oil palm plantations expansion means that Indonesia was the the third largest carbon emitter in 2015,’ highlighted Jamieson.
To find out more head along to the moomoo, the is name from Lae in PNG, at Sunforest organic farm,80 Browns Cres, McLeods Shoot from 4pm this Saturday.
‘A moo moo involves cooking one of our organic pigs and sweet potato’s in banana leaf parcels under the ground on hot rocks,’ finished Jamieson.
2) Church says Papua riot sparked by military burning Bibles
By STEPHEN WRIGHT, ASSOCIATED PRESS JAKARTA, Indonesia — Jun 8, 2017, 3:40 AM ET
A major church in Indonesia's predominantly Christian Papua province said a riot in the provincial capital last month was sparked by the military burning Bibles, contradicting the police account of events.
A report by the Evangelical Christian Church in Papua said a priest and another man from a local congregation took photos of burnt New Testament Bibles at a military base in Jayapura and took several away as evidence.
It said the two men and city officials unsuccessfully tried to calm the crowd that gathered outside the base on May 25 after reports of Bible burning spread on social media. Protesters threw rocks, burned tires and blocked a road as they demanded that soldiers be handed over to them for punishment.
At the time, police said soldiers had burned rubbish and distributed photos of a mass of burned materials that included a book on theology that they annotated with text saying "this is not the Bible."
The military's spokesman in Papua, Teguh Pudji Rahardjo, on Thursday acknowledged that Bibles had been burnt but said it was an accident that was still being investigated.
He said some bibles and theological books that had been brought from Java for distribution to Christians in Papua were inadvertently mixed in with rubbish that was cleared out of the base's mess.
"Like all Indonesians, we as members of the Indonesian Military are religious people, and we respect all religions," Rahardjo said.
The incident is indicative of the tensions that simmer in Indonesia's two easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua, which are culturally and ethnically distinct from the rest of the sprawling Southeast Asian archipelago, the world's most populous Muslim nation.
A low-level insurgency and resentment at Indonesian rule has endured since the 1960s, when Indonesia annexed the region. It restricts foreign journalists from reporting in both provinces.
Jayapura's chief of police was bruised in an attack by protesters and his aide was hospitalized with stab wounds and an injured nose and jaw, according to both church and police accounts. Three protesters suffered gunshot wounds when police and troops dispersed the crowd.
The police statement said a water cannon was used but the church's report said two armored vehicles from the military base had fired at the crowd.
The Evangelical Christian Church in Papua has about 600,000 members and dates its origins to German missionaries in the 1850s.
AP writer Niniek Karmini in Jakarta contributed to this report.