September 27, 2017 20:12:41
A secret petition hard a brand new independence referendum for West Papua has been presented to the United Nations.
The Indonesian Government banned the petition in the provinces of West Papua and Papua, threatening that those that signed it’ll be arrested and face prison.
But the file was once smuggled between villages the place it’s been signed by means of 1.eight million West Papuans, greater than 70 according to cent of the province’s inhabitants.
Advocates argue that West Papuans were denied a valid self-determination procedure, because it was once integrated into Indonesia in 1969.
The petition calls for a unfastened vote on West Papua’s independence in addition to the appointment of a UN consultant, to examine experiences of human rights violations by means of Indonesian safety forces.
The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare, mentioned the petition was once extremely necessary and the other people of West Papua had successfully already voted to call for their self-determination.
“They have come in numbers to express their hope for a better future,” Mr Sogavare mentioned in his UN General Assembly speech.
United Liberation Movement for West Papua spokesman Benny Wenda mentioned signing the petition was once a “dangerous act” for West Papuans, with 57 other people arrested for supporting the petition, and 54 tortured by means of Indonesian safety forces all the way through the marketing campaign.
“The Global Petition for West Papua, run in tandem with the West Papuan People’s Petition, was also targeted and the platform that initially hosted it, Avaaz, was blocked throughout all of Indonesia,” he mentioned.
Jason Macleod, of University of Sydney’s Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, mentioned the petition wanted to be understood as a “fundamental rejection” of the Indonesian Government’s declare of sovereignty over West Papua.
“In a very clear and direct manner, the petition represents Papuans’ demand for decolonisation and self-determination, their desire to freely and fairly determine their own future,” Dr Macleod mentioned.