Procession of Gifts & Solidarity March, Vanuatu, 1 December 2014

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A Procession of Gifts within a Solidarity March opened the Vanuatu Government's 'Reconciliation and Unity Summit for West Papuan Leaders' in December 2014. During the Summit, a committee of West Papuans in exile was constituted to draft West Papua’s application to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group. The Committee (United Liberation Movement for West Papua) was constituted in response to the MSG demand that a united representative body underwrite the application. (Sec-Gen Octo Mote and Jacob Rumbiak are from Federal Republic of West Papua; Leonie Tanggahma and Rex Rumakiek are from West Papua National Coalition for Liberation; Spokesperson Benny Wenda is from the West Papua National Parliament). The Summit was moderated by the Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs, Vanuatu Christian Council, and Pacific Conference of Churches. On 4 February 2015, the Vanuatu Government, surrounded by these influential institutions, lodged the application with the MSG Secretariat in Port Vila.

West Papua A Longing for Freedom

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What are the changes that happened in the past 50 years that West Papua has been ruled by Indonesia? Why do I reflect on my personal journey and write this? Because this has been the reality of the lives of the Papuan people under the Indonesian military system since the 1st of May, 1963 and since the so called Act of Free Choice in 1969 when West Papua through military and political pressure was unjustly integrated into Indonesia. We [West Papuans] have maintained our dignity in the face of oppression, insult and prejudice. So many of our people have suffered and died, and they will continue to suffer and die under the military regime of Indonesia. This is why we cannot stop our struggle for justice and freedom.

West Papuan leader questions Australia’s support for revisionist Indonesia

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West Papuan independence leader Jacob Rumbiak has queried Australia’s ongoing financial support and military relations with Indonesia after the Red-White Coalition (Suharto’s New Order) garnered all the leadership positions in the Indonesian Parliament

West Papua Summit, Port Vila, Vanuatu, 16 Nov-1 Dec 2007

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The ‘Unity Day Port Vila Vanuatu Declaration’ signed by the Maraki Vanuariki Council of Chiefs, the Port Vila Council of Chiefs, and the West Papua National Authority on 29 November 2007

Vanishing Tribes: Unheard Voices from West Papua

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VANISHING TRIBES: UNHEARD VOICES FROM WEST PAPUA is an interactive, illustrated, EBook that tells a fictional story based on real events in West Papua. It is a tribute to the Melanesian people of this island nation and their unstoppable determination to be free of a corrupt and brittle state. The main character is Vivi, a Papuan teenager, who wants to join her brother in the fight for survival against the modern Indonesian Republic. The authors, illustrators, and technicians of this EBook are sophisticated political activists, and their production is informative, colourful, logical, artistic, accessible, and FREE. Students (and their teachers) will find the EBook's own WIKI helpful in understanding why Papua's indigenous people are steeped in misery as involuntary Indonesian citizens. Their story is a modern history of realpolitik, militarism, self-determination theory v practice, and even how not to be a good neighbor. (http://www.vanishingtribes.net/vtribes-web-browser.html)

Gallery of Photographs, DFAIT Office-Opening Ceremonies, 23 June 2014

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Captioned photographs by Tommy Latupeirissa and David Waingai of the opening of the FRWP Department of Foreign Affairs, Immigration, and Trade in Docklands (Melbourne) on 23rd June 2014.

Letter from President Yaboisembut to President Obama, Nov 2012

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This letter explains Mr. Forkorus' request to President Barrack Obama to assist in negotiating peace and justice between the Federal Republic of West Papua and the Republic of Indonesia.

President Yaboisembut to Chair of MSG, 7 Jun 2013

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Letter from President of the Federal Republic of West Papua, Forkorus Yaboisembut to Chair of MSG, Mr Victor Tutugoro, dated 7 Jun 2013, from inside the Abepura Prison, Jayapura, West Papua

Note from Prime Minister Edison Waromi

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A note from FRWP Prime Minister, Edison Waromi, calling for a unity among West Papuans and to join hands together to have a coordinative resolution agenda to bring the people of West Papua to enjoy a peaceful, free and full sovereignty.

FRWP Executives to be Released from Prison

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The Indonesian government has claimed it is releasing the President and Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of West Papua (FRWP) on Monday 21 July 2014. President Forkorus Yaboisembut and Prime Minister Edison Waromi were convicted of treason, along with Selfius Bobbi, Agus Karar, and Domiinikus Sorabut, after the 3rd Papua Congress established the independent state of West Papua on 19 October 2011.

3rd Papuan National Congress, Declaration

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On 19 October, Prokorus [normally spelt Forkorus] Yaboisembut was elected President of West Papua, and the evangelist Edison G. Waromi was elected Prime Minister. Following the elections, Prokorus Yaboisembut read out the Declaration of a new state—the Federal State of West Papua, the symbol of the state—the Mambruk Bird, the currency—the guilder, the national anthem—Hai Tanahku Papua, the national languages—Pidgin, Indonesian Malay, Papuan languages, and English, and the geographic territory. The Declaration stated: “On this day, 19 October 2011, we proclaim the full independence and sovereignty of our state, and therefore the State of Indonesia must speedily end its occupation of Papua. All components of the leadership elected at the Third Papuan People's Congress shall immediately discuss the basic principles of the State of West Papua”.

Anglican priest returns from war-zone

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Peter Woods, Anglican priest and regular visitor to West Papua, said he was appalled by the militarism and the grinding poverty that he found in Manokwari last week, eighteen months after his last visit.

Drs Jacob Rumbiak, Speech, Opening, FRWP Dept Foreign Affairs, Immigration & Trade, Docklands, 23 June 2014

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Drs Jacob Rumbiak, Speech, Opening of the FRWP Dept of Foreign Affairs, Immigration & Trade, 23 June 2014

Briefing Paper for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

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This paper was developed by the West Papua National Authority, in consultation with the OPM, the Papua Presidium Council, tribal leaders, Church leaders, NGO’s, women leaders and student organization. It addresses common misunderstandings about the West Papuan liberation struggle, and answers questions commonly posed by journalists, diplomats, and politicians about an issue usually considered in terms of political sovereignty and human rights, but which has become central to the security and defence of countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

West Papua’s Right to Self-Determination

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In this five-thousand word paper for the 2001 Festival of Ideas in Adelaide, Jacob Rumbiak examines three international agreements and three Indonesian regulations, via which over-rode Dutch-funded self-determination policies and projects, and the West Papuans right to be consulted, and independence, were consciously ignored.

West Papua Independence Policies; Tensions in the Transition

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This paper sets out the infrastructural priorities adopted by the West Papua National Authority (WPNA) in the transition from Special Autonomy (2001—2010) to an independent nation-state on the western border of Melanesia Pacific. Published February 2011
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