Stop the military offences against West Papuans!
  • Petitioned Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

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President of Indonesia
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Secretary General of the United Nations
Ban Ki-moon

Stop the military offences against West Papuans!

    1. Free West Papua Campaign
    2. Petition by

      Free West Papua Campaign

      Oxford, United Kingdom

Dear Friends,

The images from Wamena, West Papua today have filled my heart with sadness. 13 more people have been confirmed dead and 17 have been injured in the beautiful highland town of Wamena, West Papua, adding to the already 500,000 people who have been slaughtered by the Indonesian military since 1969. I fear that this current massacre will grow to one similar to that of the Santa Cruz massacre that the Indonesian military committed in East Timor. I write to you today because I know there is something we can all do together to stop this. 

Violence broke out in West Papua in the afternoon of June 6th in the outlying village of Honailama when two members of Kostrad (Strategic Reserve) battalion 756, identified as Pratu Ahmad Saifudin and Pratu Ahmad Saelan, were driving a car at high speed through Honailama, and hit a young boy (as yet unidentified) who was playing at the roadside. The soldiers were alleged to have been careless drivers. The boy’s death enraged villagers who then dragged the soldiers from the car and beat them to death.

Upon hearing of the beatings, the entire army battalion (1500 combat troops) was mobilized onto the streets of Wamena and opened fire indiscriminately at any Papuan person. Hundreds of people have fled the town and are now hiding in the hills surrounding it, as the Indonesian military continues its offensive.

We urgently need UN peacekeepers to be sent to protect the citizens of West Papua from the vicious onslaught of the Indonesian military.

My people demand nothing more than the freedom to think, the freedom to move, the freedom to act, and the freedom to choose their own destiny without fear of rape, torture, intimidation, murder or oppression. Let’s today make Indonesia’s newest military offence against West Papuans its last.

Please hear my peoples cry at this most critical time.

Benny Wenda and the Free West Papua Campaign

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    • Nigel Mitchell NAIRNE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      West Papuans deserve the right to freedom and self determination. Given the obvious differences in race and culture, what gives Indonesia the right to think that they should govern the area. I believe most Indonesians to be peaceful and caring people, however, the powers to be in Government clearly are not - they have blood on their hands, and should be ashamed of their conduct and treatment of fellow human beings. The actions of their police and military in Western Papua are nothing short of genicide and crimes against humanity. Those who have carried out these atrocities, along with those in Government (including up to the highest office), should all be charged and put on trial for their crimes. I see no difference between these 'people', and the Nazis of WW2.

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    • Gerard Thijssen DOETINCHEM, NETHERLANDS
      • over 1 year ago

      Already 50 years Indonesian Government,Military/police are killing Papuan people and they are resposible for the silent genocide

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    • Graham King DUNFERMLINE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      For peace, civil liberty and in the interests of justice, due process of law calmly applied must supplant the evident mob thuggery and indiscriminate vengefulness. To continue down the path of violence can only bring chaos and suffering to a country. Let all who can, act to bring beneficial change in West Papua and Indonesia.

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    • clifford harman BURNABY, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      west papuans deserve fair treatment..indonnesia government should be forced to leave papua to the papuans instead of more corrupt political initiatives..

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    • Mikko Tuomi TURKU, FINLAND
      • almost 2 years ago

      For truth, justice and love of life. This requires freedom for all. It´s the most basic thing.

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