An international online summit on Sunday 13 September 2020 commemorates the work of Dag Hammarskjöld, UN Secretary-General, 1953-1961—a global champion for the fair treatment of colonised and emerging states. Academics and political leaders based in Europe, the United States, West Papua, the Pacific and Africa will honour Mr Hammarskjöld’s inspiring leadership and work on decolonisation, in particular his work for the emerging state of West Papua, and his principle of ‘a peoples right of sovereignty over their land’.
ULMWP Spokesperson Jacob Rumbiak reports on Jakarta's refusal to listen to its governor's COVID warning to halt flights from Jakarta to West Papua, and Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto exacts his appointment-promise to exterminate and extinguish the Papuan independence movement.
As Defense Minister (and former general) Prabowo Subianto escalates Indonesia’s war against West Papuans, the Jokowi government is under pressure to respond to the recommendation of its provincial government to negotiate peace and self-determination with the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.
This document by Jacob Rumbiak is a fully referenced exposé of the twenty-year-period in West Papua between 1942 and 1962, covering the Pacific War (1942–44) and the nation’s twelve years as a UN Non-Self-Governing Territory (1950–62). It also includes a forensic analysis of the legal manoeuvring by Indonesia, the United States and United Nations to turn the Non-Self-Governing Territory into an Indonesian colony, and the West Papuans program since 2014 to overturn the UN's decision and get themselves registered on the UN Decolonisation List. The last section is a Q&A rebuttal of the claims Indonesia used to takeover the 459,412 kms2 of richly resourced Melanesian land. Jacob, as Spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), first presented 'West Papua 1942 to 2019: the legals, the politics, and the only way forward' on 28 November 2019 at the Pacific Institute, Australian National University.
Indonesian military-police, and intelligence in civilian clothes, violated the universal tenets of freedom of expression and assembly during a suite of operations against indigenous Melanesian West Papuans honouring their historic national day on 1 December.
'The Case for Freedom of Religion in West Papua's struggle for Self-determination' by Jacob Rumbiak for the Religious Freedom Institute Conference in Bangkok, 4-6 November 2019. Eleven informative powerpoints, including a bibliography, with a PDF for downloading and printing.
As rallies and fires mark the end of colonial authority in West Papua, Indonesian President Jokowi agreed to formal dialogue with the United Liberation Movement for West Papua. At the same time the Minister for Political, Legal & Security Affairs (former military-general Wiranto) flies hundreds of Indonesian soldiers into West Papua and hundreds of Indonesian civilians out.
Today thousands of Australians join with the thousands of West Papuans who in recent weeks have taken to the streets demonstrating against racist abuse, calling for the UN to be allowed access to West Papua and asking for a supervised referendum on independence.
The ULMWP demands the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) reviews Indonesia’s status after yesterday’s unwarranted arrest and incarceration of ULMWP Executive Director Markus Haluk, and dozens of students during a commemorative prayer meeting in Jayapura.