Global Campaign for United Nations Peacekeeping Mission to West Papua
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The Global Campaign for United Nations Peacekeeping Mission to West Papua (GCUNPMWP) would like to release a global petition about the unending armed warfare between West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB/OPM) and Indonesian military forces (TNI/POLRI).
On 27 January 2018, the TPNPB/OPM officially declared a war ultimatum against Indonesian State Colonialism and Multinational Corporations such as Freeport Mine in Timika. On 30 March 2018, Indonesian authority aggressively deployed up to 1000 personnel who massively equipped with sophisticated weapons such ballistic missiles which were not only for attacking the TPNPB soldiers but also has fatally shot dead one elder and seriously wounded two young children. The Indonesian forces indiscriminately fired live bullets towards the villagers that were fleeing the scene after their village elder was shot dead in front of them. The villagers could not retrieve the bodies and also account for the villagers who were shot or remained behind. Over 1000 villagers have fled to the jungle and are now being effected with serious hunger and are starving. The Indonesian brutality against the innocent civilians clearly violated human rights and humanitarian law when the villagers stood underneath the 5 Indonesian red and white flags which indicated that they were innocent civilians, but Indonesian military sprayed bullets and ammunition towards the civilians. To this day, the shooting is still occurring and it will never end.
This silent armed conflict is definitely characterized by non-international armed conflict, State Military Power and National Liberation Movement Army, although it has not been internationalized yet, the massive victim and fatality are believed to waving up. We strongly condemn the 55 years of fatalities, war crime against humanity, thousands hundred dead, massive environmental and property destruction under Indonesian oppressive military operation, and also those underwent without world communities’ attention and intervention by international governments. The fact both parties were empowered and equipped by modern weapons after war declaration publicly, which have resulted in the dead of 28 Indonesian soldiers and 3 TPNPB soldiers killed during the one-week war, included previous month, as well as last year which involved the killings of some combatants in both sides in Punjak Jaya District.
To protect the lives of innocent civilian and avoiding unnecessary property destruction, both party must put down their weapons. There is an urgent need for a third party (mediator) which is able to bring them into peaceful mediation table. Therefore, we deeply demand to:
1. Indonesia to allow the UN Peacekeeping Mission to West Papua
2. Indonesia to allow International Humanitarian Organisation and Independent Journalist into the battlefield,
3. Five Veto Power (USA, Russia, China, France, England) plus ten non-permanent members at UN Security Council must cut off military ties with Indonesia and mediate the root conflict democratically and fairly.
4. Australia and New Zealand must cut off military ties with Indonesia, and together with the member states of the Pacific Coalition for West Papua (PCWP) must seek a peaceful solution through the UN Security Council authority.
Finally, on behalf of West Papuan peoples, we would be happy to inspire and encourage you all our good global citizens to sign this petition.Your voice is very important in protecting the lives of civilians in West Papua.
Akouboo Amatus Douw
Lewis Prai Wellip
Franciscus Oeweng Kandam
10th April 2018
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