This blog has been created to promote and facilitate various steps that Papuan People can contribute to the development of West Papua as their homeland. It is part of a collective effort to change the situation in the forgotten land of West Papua, and to support the peaceful development of Papua in harmony with our brother from all part of Indonesia.
This Blog has gone through many obstacles and attacks from violent Free West Papua separatist supporters and ultra nationalist Indonesian since 2007. However, it has remained throughout a time devouring thoughts of how to bring peace to Papua and West Papua provinces of Indonesia.
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“Hero of the Environment”
or Hero of Indonesia?
BARNABAS SUEBU calls himself “Governor of Papua”. He works for the Government of Indonesia which has illegally and brutally occupied my Land, WEST PAPUA, for 45 years.
Now the American magazine “TIME” has called him a “Hero of the Environment”. They have invited him to London for a “Heroes Awards Ceremony”. They say he is a “hero” because he wants Western countries like Britain and the USA to pay millions of dollars to Indonesia not to cut down the forests which Indonesia stole from us Papuans.
The Land of Papua never belonged to Indonesia. It is not theirs to sell. Indonesia should not get money for cutting the trees down. Neither should Indonesia get money for not cutting the trees down.
We don’t want Britain and the USA to give any more money to Indonesia. Jakarta will just hand it over to the TNI [Indonesian military], Brimob [Mobile Police Brigade], BIN [Indonesian Intelligence Agency] and Kopassus [Indonesian Special Forces]. These murderers have already wiped out more than 100,000 Papuan men, women and children. If they have more money, they will only use it to kill, torture, terrorise and imprison even more of our People.
Mr Suebu’s ancestors are Papuan. He was born a Papuan. But he wears the uniform of the enemy of all Papuans — Indonesia. Suebu is not a hero for us Papuans. He is a hero of Indonesia.
Mr Suebu says he now cares about our Papuan forests. But why does he stay silent about the suffering of our Papuan PEOPLE? At the same time as he travels to Jakarta, London and other cities around the World, we Papuans are crying in pain for our loved ones murdered and tortured and raped by soldiers of the Indonesian Government whose uniform he is so proud to wear.
I want to ask this question: Has anyone ever heard Mr Suebu condemning the killing and torturing and intimidation of innocent Papuans by the soldiers and intelligence agents of the Indonesian Government he serves?
And whilst he is in London receiving his award as a “Hero”, innocent Papuans are shut up in dark prison cells just for believing in freedom for West Papua. Mr Suebu’s Indonesian Government has jailed Filep Karma & Yusak Pakage for 15 & 10 years just because they peacefully raised our West Papuan independence flag.
I want to ask this question: Has anyone ever heard Mr Suebu calling for the release of Filep & Yusak and all the other political prisoners his Indonesian Government keeps behind prison bars?
And all this time since he was first appointed Governor by the hated Indonesian dictator Suharto in 1988, Mr Suebu (himself a lawyer) has stayed silent about the illegal and shameful way Indonesia annexed our Land in 1969.
I want to ask this question: Has anyone ever heard Mr Suebu condemning the so-called “Act of Free Choice” when the Indonesian military stole our Country from us by forcing a thousand of our Papuan elders at gun-point to “vote” to join Indonesia?
For us Papuans, People & Nature are as ONE. We cannot be separated from our Sacred Land – our forests, our mountains, our rivers, our seas. Mr Suebu says he cares about our forests, but at the same time he does not care about our PEOPLE. He cannot care about the forests, but not care about the People. He cannot separate us from our forests. People and Land and Nature. We are all ONE.
Now we must ask: why does Mr Suebu stay silent whist the People of West Papua continue to suffer under Indonesian occupation?
Mr Suebu has been an Indonesian nationalist all his life. Now he proudly wears the white colonial uniform of an Indonesian Governor. For Mr Suebu, protecting the interests and “honour” of NKRI (The Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia) is his duty. Telling the truth about 45 blood- soaked years of Indonesian occupation would be against the interests of preserving NKRI. It is therefore his duty as an Indonesian nationalist to stay silent.
For this reason Mr Suebu is a hero of Indonesia. And for this reason he is not a hero for us, the People of Indonesian-occupied West Papua, whatever any magazine chooses to call him. All people, inside West Papua and all over the World, who stand up for peace, freedom, justice and truth; these people are the TRUE HEROES of West Papua.
Dear “Free West Papua”,
I am a freelance researcher writing a balanced academic paper on constructions of the concept of Freedom in West Papua in relation to Papuan eschatology. I am very interested on your opinions on the concept of Freedom that seems to be moving away from the conservative ethno-nationalist approach of the “separatists”. My problem is that a researcher I am unable to use the website as a source: could you please direct me to a Papuan organisation that is moving towards simillar discursive deconstructions of the concept of freedom
Dear Mr Rothach,
All have a right to an opinion and it’s good to see efforts for a balanced outlook, which must of course look into the merits of all the differing points of view.
I’m sure there have been many dissertations on the concepts of freedom help by the Nazi party and its collaborators, and many more by modern-day sympathizers. Poland might be a good place to start your research, and give a good historical background to alternative concepts of freedom. You might even go further back to the time of, say, Genghis Khan, who I am sure was an expert in such matters.
Dear my Papuan brothers and sisters,
Indonesia do love Papua. Indonesia is not like what you think. Just open your mind, brothers and sisters. I know that Papua should get more fund, wealth, joyful, etc. Indonesia struggle for that. I doubt Papua will get better life if Papua is free from Indonesia. Papua’s human resources are not in good quality now. Do you want to be the next Timor Leste???? Timor Leste get free from Indonesia in 2002 and now Timor Leste is one of the poor countries. So many quarrel, wars, and instability there. Save Papua in Indonesia. I will fight for Papua. Papaua should be better places, but not Free Papua. Papua is the heart of Indonesia.
papua sama seperti maluku,bali,jawa,sumatra,kalimantan…
Having recently visited West Papua on a trip from the US, I am very suprised to read the the reality on this website.
The vast majority of Papuans I met told me how they dreamed of being free from poverty, poor health condition, and perpetual conflict between Papuan separatist movement versus Indonesian military. They said how the conflict made everybody hurt, everybody lost their rights of abundant resources and many dies for nothing.
In your experience is this happening, as it appeared to me that this is true and I couldn’t agree with you more.
Your Blog gives the world the third perspective on West Papua. The first is the territorial integrity principle from Indonesian, the second is independence concept from separatist Papuan. The third is hopefully will be developed from your Blog.
I’m Bandung civil people..
Let me know the growth of West Papua..
In Britain, some lawmakers are apparently representing the Free West Papua’s interests in the House of Commons. Free West Papua continue their fund raising operations, though it is not known where the money ends up. Britain is one of the countries that could have used their influence over the Free West Papua to prevent it from unleashing terrorism and communal conflict in Papua.
I follow your blog for a long time and must tell you that your articles are always valuable to readers.
All about Papua, right?
Very interesting topic, however your blog is lack of history. So it is difficult for someone who never ever heard of Papua to imagine the situation there. Good job though 🙂
hope you could prove your genuine ideas for a better West Papua….
O atau M, rakyat Papua menderita bung!
Lebih baik bongkar kasus-kasus korupsi dana Otsus yang trilyunan rupiah, perbaiki operasi keamanan agar lebih manusiawi dan berdialog…orang Papua ta suka bertikai, tapi lebih ta suka kebohongan dan tipu-tipu…hingga akhirnya kami menjadi suku bangsa yang ter…ter…ter.
Sudahlah ta usah banyak konsep dan bicara seperti penipu Benny Wenda, bung ta ada bedanya dengan Benny Wenda yang banyak omong kosong tipu-tipu mahasiswa untuk picu kerusuhan di Papua, padahal di Inggris sana menikmati kemewahan dan terima banyak dana untuk dia punya hidup toh!
Janganlah bung jual masalah Papua untuk kepentingan pribadi, bung dibayar berapa untuk buat ini blog, sama toh dengan Benny Wenda yang dibayar untuk kacaukan pembangunan Papua.
Rakyat Papua sudah jenuh dan cape dengan kebohongan Pemdakah, OPMkah, Jakartakah, mulailah kerja nyata tolonglah kami dari pendidikan yang rendah, dari kesehatan yang buruk, dari kemiskinan dan kelaparan.
Kami rakyat Papua ta lagi percaya kebohongan Benny Wenda dan bung punya cerita, jadi tolonglah tunjukkan kerja nyata saja. Kami rakyat Papua siap membangun tanah damai Papua.
Andjing ko !!! Papua Merdeka
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freedom! justice! democracy! viva Indonesia !
Dear my Papuan brothers and sisters,Indonesia do love Papua. Indonesia is not like what you think. Just open your mind, brothers and sisters. I know that Papua should get more fund, wealth, joyful, etc. Indonesia struggle for that. I doubt Papua will get better life if Papua is free from Indonesia. Papua’s human resources are not in good quality now. Do you want to be the next Timor Leste???? Timor Leste get free from Indonesia in 2002 and now Timor Leste is one of the poor countries. So many quarrel, wars, and instability there. Save Papua in Indonesia. I will fight for Papua. Papaua should be better places, but not Free Papua. Papua is the heart of Indonesia.
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Whether or not separatist plan to turn West Papua into perpetual conflict, we need to prevent that any civil war – especially as I doubt the West will be able to intervene in West Papua.
There are some fascinating time limits in this article but I don’t know if I see all of them center to heart. There is some validity however I’ll take maintain opinion till I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we would like extra! Added to FeedBurner.
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