Yogyakarta, Jubi – West Papua National Committee (KNPB) said that West Papua is an integral part of the Pacific community.
Before West Papua ( Netherlands New Guinea) was annexed by Indonesia in 1962, it had already been a member of the South Pacific Commission (SPC). Therefore, KNPB urged the PIF to talk about self-determination for West Papua.
“Since then the colonial power Indonesia has excluded West Papua from regional meetings, and made it as a killing field including exploiting natural resources (SDA). While, the political struggle for West Papuan self-determination continues,” General Secretary of KNPB, Ones Suhuniap wrote in the electronic mail received by Jubi on this week.
Chairman of the KNPB, Victor Yeimo said the West Papuans’ struggle for self-determination is part of the efforts to complete the decolonization process in the Pacific islands.
“We hope the leaders of the Pacific countries to urge the United Nations to provide” advisory opinion “(legal advice) about the legal and political status of West Papua and urge West Papua to be registered into the UN Special Committee on decolonization,” he said.
Indonesian colonialism and global capitalism have led to the destruction of Papua’s forests. This is a terrible threat to the future of the Pacific islands from the global warming.
“There is no other way, besides freeing West Papua from Indonesian colonialism and global capitalism in order to maintain forests as a source of our life,” he added.
Indonesian colonialism and foreign corporations are the root of the crimes against humanity that continue to occur in West Papua. Genocide is continuing against ethnic Papuan either openly or systematically. While Indonesia created its strategy to isolate West Papua from international monitoring.
“We urge the leaders of the Pacific countries to send a fact-finding team in order to directly investigate crimes against humanity in West Papua. We strongly support that the Pacific Islands Forum (Pacific Island Forum / PIF) can accept West Papua through the United Lilberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) as an observer so that we can take an active role in discussing and solving the problems in the region together,” he hoped. (Arnold Belau/ Tina)