MORE Muslims are the last thing the island of Papua needs. Right next door to Papua New Guinea, in West Papua, Indonesian security forces are engaged in ethnic cleansing – torturing and murdering, and even burning the genitals of native Papuans.
West Papua is the western half of the island of New Guinea, formerly known as Dutch New Guinea. A 13-year dispute with the Netherlands over whether the former Dutch colony would become an independent state or an Indonesian province culminated in 1962 in its occupation and annexation by force by the Indonesian military and the denial of the right of self-determination to its people. In 1984, after Indonesia deployed widespread military action and seized traditionally owned land for transmigration sites, more than 10,000 West Papuans crossed the border to seek refuge in Papua New Guinea. The UN has given diplomatic support to Indonesia, particularly in the case of the West Papuan takeover, and Papua New Guinea and Australia have followed a policy of appeasement even in the face of the military’s alleged genocide. The complicity of world powers in Indonesia’s state-endorsed terrorism have succeeded in ensuring that the outside world remains ignorant of the Indonesian policy of genocide in West Papua. Read More
MSNBC For many in the young democracy, the images were a reminder of the dark days of former dictator Suharto, who often used the military and police to stifle dissent, especially in far-flung regions with aspirations of independence. Stories about the video made headlines in local newspapers Tuesday and expressions of anger filled commentary pages.
“It was shocking, every scene was barbaric,” said Haris Azhar of the human rights group, Kontras, “The government has to find out who is behind such violence in Papua and bring them to court.”
Although the population of Papua only constitutes about 0.01% of the world’s population, it contains an amazing 15% of the world’s known languages! The citizens belong to about 312 tribes including some uncontacted peoples. As a result of past Dutch colonial rule, most of the people follow either Aboriginal or Christian religions:
INDIGENOUS RELIGION: 34%
ROMAN CATHOLIC: 22%
PROTESTANTS (Lutheran): 16%
OTHER PROTESTANTS: 28%
Under Indonesian occupation, the Papuan people have endured 40 years of genocide, bloodshed, rape, torture, intimidation and suffering. An elderly Papuan tribal woman lays dying after being shot by Indonesian military following a raid on her village.
The repression and genocide Indonesian militias carry out in territory of New Guinea has a long history. Since 1963 when it was under military occupation by Indonesia, the indigenous population of West Papua endures humiliation and torture that are ignored internationally by major media.
The body of one of the victims, Werius Selenggen, was found near a river in late 2009 soon after security forces were caught on tape interrogating the 38-year-old in the mountainous village of Puncak Jaya, said Matius Murib, of the National Commission on Human Rights. When Selenggen said he didn’t know anything about a hidden stash of weapons, one man threatened to shoot him in the mouth with a rifle and another poked at his genitals with a burning stick, causing him to scream in agony. A third smashed a cigarette out in his face.
Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country with more than 237 million people, took over Papua from the Dutch in 1963 and formalized its sovereignty six years later through a stage-managed vote by about 1,000 community leaders. Human rights groups say more than 100,000 people — a fifth of the impoverished province’s population — have died as result of military action.
The shows military officers who have caught some villagers. They hit them, kick them and ask them to give names of separatists,” the group’s executive director Wong Kai Shing told Reuters by phone. “In the second part, we see two people being tortured. One has a knife on his neck and in another scene, an interrogator tried to burn another man’s penis with a burning stick.”
Wong said the footage, which was taken in West Papua province, featured uniformed officers and showed that there was a culture of impunity within security forces. Indonesian soldiers cannot be tried in civilian courts and military courts give only lenient sentences, he said.
Shocking images of Indonesian military sweeping operations against West Papuan civilians.
Free West Papua Indonesia is committing crimes against humanity in West Papua. Indonesia is killing, raping, torturing and imprisoning anyone that calls for independence.
Photographs have emerged of the brutal extrajudicial murder of civilians in Mulia, Puncak Jaya regency during a sweep by a joint Indonesian military (TNI) and BRIMOB police patrol. A brief text message arrived from unknown source said the killings were of civilians as a result of a sweep against alleged TPN/OPM members, and that the bodies were deliberately mutilated, burnt and hidden to prevent identification.