By: Craig Moore |
For too long the world has turned a blind eye to the brutality of the Indonesian military towards the indigenous people of West Papua, and Indonesia’s history of genocide.
Estimations that over 500,000 West Papuan’s have been murdered over the last 54 years. This also includes reports of widespread rape and torture of women and children.
This slow genocide has been happening in West Papua over the last 54 years. The Australian Government supports Indonesia with $605.3M a year in foreign aid. The world has also turned their backs on West Papua.
Human Rights abuses continue today and those who protest for independence openly in West Papua do so at a high personal cost. It is illegal to raise the morning star flag and many West Papuan leaders are sitting out long jail terms for peaceful acts of defiance.
Indonesia guards West Papua aggressively, not allowing journalists, diplomats or human rights workers into the country. And it’s no surprise – the massive US owned Freeport McMoran gold and copper mine in West Papua is one of the Indonesia’s largest taxpayers. Australian companies also own a number of mines in West Papua.
Many countries including Australia refuse to talk about the genocide in West Papua due to their own financial interests in the country.
Craig Moore (Just one of the many supporters for West Papua Freedom)