Global Pan Africanism Network is increasingly worried about the unimaginable brutality and excessive use of force by Indonesian security forces in West Papua.
West Papuans tired of colonialism and Indonesian occupation have came out in thousands to protest against colonial rule.
As the protest enters day 24 withing the second week as from August 25th and August 29th Indonesian military killed 14 innocent civilians who came out to protest peacefully against racism and to express their desire to determine their destiny as guaranteed by International law.
We are deeply saddened by arrest of Mandabayan , young woman whose crime was transporting 1500 West Papuan flags from Sorong to Manokwari and now she faces charges for treason which attracts a sentence of up to 15 years.
GPAN demands immediate release of Mandabayan and strongly condemns the arrest of a prominent West Papuan Independence Activist Buchtar Tabuni. We also demand an end to suppression of human rights and freedoms in West Papua and call for release of all political prisoners.
Indonesia occupation in West Papua is illegal and is an act of colonialism on Republic of West Papua.
In a letter from the American President to the Dutch Prime Minister, the US government strongly urged the Dutch government to hand over West Papua to Indonesia, in an attempt to appease a communist friendly Indonesian government. The US government managed to engineer a meeting between Indonesia and the Netherlands resulting in the New York Agreement, which in 1962 gave control of West Papua to the United Nations and one year later transferred control to Indonesia. The Papuans were never consulted. However, the agreement did promise them their right to self determination – a right which is guaranteed by the UN to all people in the world. Act of free choice held in 1969 Act was a sham. Instead of overseeing a free and fair election, the UN stood by while Indonesia rigged the vote. Declaring that the Papuans were too ‘primitive’ to cope with democracy, the Indonesian military hand-picked just 1,026 ‘representative’ people, out of a population of one million, bribed them and threatened to kill them and their families if they voted the wrong way. So strong was the intimidation that despite widespread opposition to Indonesian rule, all 1,026 voted to remain a part of Indonesia.
Global Pan Africanism Network demands outright Independence for West Papua and an end to silent black genocide in West Papua.
The President of GPAN,