Rallies were held at US Embassies in West Papua, Jakarta, Melbourne and Perth, in advance of Sept 22nd’s US Congressional Hearing in Washington, DC titled “Crimes Against Humanity: When Will Indonesia’s Military Be Held Accountable for Deliberate and Systematic Abuses in West Papua?”.
“We West Papuans have a lot of history with the United States.”
“Ultimately someone has to take responsibility for the 546,000 ‘missing’ Papuans since the beginning of the Indonesian occupation in 1962”
The media release continued:
The West Papua National Authority/West Papua National Consensus is in Washington to advise American politicians to support:
(1) The re-insertion of West Papua on the UN Decolonization List.
(2) West Papuans’ inalienable right to self-determination in terms of the recent ICJ ruling on Kosovo.
(3) An international fact-finding and peace-keeping mission to West Papua immediately.
For those in the United States we urge you to contact your representative and tell them to make West Papua a priority!