act of free choice
London, New York, 2 October 2018
Filep Karma, born in 1959, lived his entire adult life under the shadow of the Indonesian military. In one of the darkest chapters of West Papua’s dark history since 1962– the Biak Massacre of 6 July 1998 – Karma was the key player in peacefully confronting the Indonesian state and demanding independence. His philosophy and practice of non-violence protest were met with extreme violence by the Indonesian military.
Port Numbay, 23 January 2014
To Mr. Leader of Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) and Leader of FNLSK.
On behalf of Indigenous Papuan Women and women victims of violence and human rights abuses in Papua, I felt obliged to write this field report findings to you so that you get a true statement.
Fientje Salomina Jarangga
Cc: To Leader of WPNCL.
The Pacific/MSG Delegation Visit to Papua: Full of Contradictions
(By: Fientje Salomina Jarangga).
ABC Radio Australia
Praise for MSG leadership on West Papua
Updated 16 October 2013, 13:21 AEST
Organisations and politicians from the US, Asia and the Pacific have written to leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, calling for sustained efforts to give Papuans a voice and welcoming MSG leadership on the issue.
Praise for MSG leadership on West Papua (Credit: ABC)
Members of the House of Lords held a debate about West Papua on 24 July in which they raised serious concerns about the human rights situation and called on the British government to take a stronger stand.
In October 1962 Dutch rule in West Papua ended and was replaced by a temporary UN administration (UNTEA). This was established as part of the UN-brokered New York Agreement , signed between The Netherlands and Indonesia to resolve their dispute over the territory. For all its flaws, this agreement guaranteed the Papuans the right to self-determination in accordance with international practice, but this never happened.
Statement to the European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights
‘Public Hearing on Human rights situation in South East Asia with special focus on West Papua’
[The following is an extended version of the statement delivered to the Hearing]