Papuans want UN Decolonisation Agenda; Indonesia rolls out tanks

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Majority support for listing West Papua on UN Decolonisation Agenda despite the Indonesian government rolling out tanks, commandoes and police onto the streets of Manokwari and Jayapura

Vanuatu appoints Lini Special Envoy for West Papua

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ULMWP Executives Benny Wenda and Jacob Rumbiak are in Vanuatu to celebrate the Pacific nation’s 38th year of independence.

Vanuatu renders Solomonic appointment for West Papua

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The Government of Vanuatu has appointed Ms Laura Lini as Special Envoy for West Papua. Laura is the daughter of Walter Lini, the founding father of the Pacific Island republic.

Strafing a village from a helicopter isn’t democracy

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Strafing a Papuan village from helicopter gunships isn't democracy. Indonesia fire-bombs a heritage highland village where indigenous Papuans have lived for thousands of years

ULMWP advises Jokowi to remove Indonesia from Security Council

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ULMWP Executive Jacob Rumbiak advises President Jokowi to remove Indonesia from UN Security Council

Indonesia fouls its membership of UN Security Council

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ULMWP Executive claims Indonesia fouls its membership of UN Security Council

Indonesia continues to hunt Papuan soldiers and civilians

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Indonesia continues to hunt Papuan soldiers and civilians in high-mountain forest

Vanuatu gifts West Papuans block of land in Port Vila

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West Papuans shining with reviewed hope and strength after Vanuatu leaders gift them a block of land in Port Vila

West Papua increases its legal arsenal with publication of ‘State responsibility in international law’

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This legal paper affirms that States have a responsibility to protect all those within their territory; that third States have a right and obligation to complain of wrongful acts committed by a sovereign State; and finally, that sovereignty comes under question where a people within a sovereign state are subject to alien subjugation or serious violations of their human rights. The 24,000 word paper (100 x A5 pages) is downloadable (below) and can be quoted providing the usual creditations are incorporated.

Federal Republic of West Papua publishes important new book

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This book traces the shift in international law during the twentieth century from states' rights to people's rights, and how the norms of jus cogens (rules that cannot be derogated from) have broadened to include self-determination, genocide, slavery, torture, murder and the disappearance of individuals. It brings together all the UN resolutions, and principles, and rules that have been applied, or ignored, in the case of West Papua’s occupation, and analyses the relationship between occupied West Papua and international law. The booklet (160 x A5 pages) is downloadable (below) and can be quoted from providing the usual creditations are incorporated.

MSG: Bring West Papua in, kick Indonesia out

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On 29 April 2016 a large peace rally in Port Vila concluded at the Secretariat of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, with thousands calling on the inter-governmental summit to invite West Papua to become a full member in 2016.

Australian Army Major fuses glass for West Papua

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This extended essay (2,600 words) is about two unique Australians and the startling symbols they've employed to demonstrate their support for West Papuans right to self-determination. Major Barbara Tipper (ret.) is a creative artist whose fused-glass sculpture of a baby turtle in the Raja Ampat Islands was a feature of the SAMPARI ART EXHIBITION FOR WEST PAPUA in 2015. Dr Jon Kozeniauskas, who bought the sculpture, is a Collins St dental specialist. In October 2000 he used his Giallo Moderno Ferrari to carve out media space which the Australian government had surruptitiously (and undemocraticlly) shut down after East Timor's independence. In 2001, he bought a baby pig for Jacob Rumbiak, which in a few months changed the delusory perception of West Papuans as Indonesians of Southeast Asia to West Papuans as Melanesians of the Pacific.

Precis of Prayer for West Papua’s application to join the MSG

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Reviewing ‘The Incubus of Intervention: conflicting Indonesia strategies of John F. Kennedy and Allen Dulles’ by Greg Poulgrain

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Bishop Hilton Deakin, who is well known for his support of East Timor's liberation from Indonesia, launched Greg Poulgrain's new research 'The Incubus of Intervention: Conflicting Indonesia strategies of John F. Kennedy and Allen Dulles' at the Federal Republic of West Papua office in Docklands on 3 May 2015, and at Trades Hall on 15 May 2015 during an assembly of the Australian trade union movement to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Republic of West Papua. Bishop Hilton's review is reproduced here in audio and transcript formats, along with photos from the launch at the Melanesian Spearhead Group Seminar in Honiara (Solomon Islands) on 15 June 2015.

Maraki Vanuariki Peace-making Ritual for West Papuan Leaders, Port Vila, Vanuatu, 1 Dec 2014

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A Peace-making Ceremony for West Papuan leaders at Fatumaru Bay on 1 December 2014, before the Solidarity March to the Malvatumauri National Council of Chief's Nakamal in Saralana Park. The ritual was led by Maraki Vanuariki Peace-Chief Masato and Chief Morris Kaloran, whose formal relationship with West Papua began in November 2002 with the Sanap Waintaim Ceremonial on Australian Aboriginal land in Maribyrnong and All Saints Anglican Church in St Kilda (Melbourne). The two nations' Kastom and Faith based relationship deepened with the Unity Declaration in Port Vila on 1 December 2007 by the West Papua National Authority, Port Vila Council of Chiefs, and Maraki Vanuariki Council of Chiefs. The ritual in 2014 was pivotal to the success of the Vanuatu Government's 'Reconciliation and Unity Summit for West Papuan Leaders' and the formation of a united representive body to draw up West Papua's application to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group in June 2015

Maraki Vanuariki renewal of kastom and political relations with Federal Republic of West Papua, Vanuatu, 28 Nov 2014

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On 28 Novembe 2014, the Maraki Vanuariki Council of Chiefs renewed its kastom and political relations with Federal Republic of West Papua executives in a village ceremony organised and managed by the Women's Group. The Council represents the Tongoa-Shepherd Islanders within the SHEFA Province of Vanuatu. Chief Morris Kaloran initiated the relationship in November 2002 on Australian Aboriginal land during the Sanap Wantaim Ceremonial in Melbourne. Relations deepened during the Council's Summit for West Papua in December 2007, which concluded with the signing of the Unity Day Declaration in Port Vila by the West Papua National Authority, Port Vila Council of Chiefs, and the Maraki Vanuariki Council of Chiefs. The ceremony in 2014 was marked by the donation of $1,000 (for the Federal Republic of West Papua to buy a pig) by a single mother in South Korea, with money she had been saving for her childrens' education.
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