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23 February 2013


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Please read the following letter that I recently emailed to Senator Bobb Carr regarding West Papua.

Senator Carr, I hope you hang your head in shame one day. Your views about West Papua and the West Papuan Indigenous people who are unable to defend their basic human rights are "incredibly patronising and incredibly arrogant". (Good on Senator Di Natalie for having the guts on challenging Carr on West Papua). If you have spent any time in PNG like I have, you would understand that the Indigenous West Papuan people are the same Melanesian race as their brothers and sisters in PNG.
The innocent West Papuans blood is on your hands and the ALP due to you and your political party's complicity with the Indonesian government. Senator Carr, you must be aware that the Indonesian government bribes the financially poorer PNG army and police along the border, (though this trend is changing for the better), to send back refugees so that the West Papuan Indigenous people are unable to and have no chance at ever challenging their democratic right to make decisions for themselves from exile.
Where does the UN Charter on Human Rights and The Jakarta Declaration on Health Promotion, tie in with this? Google this, seriously what a farce!
Next time your defence minister decides to send military hardware over to Indonesia, i.e. Military transport planes, ask first what the TNI intends to use them for? Silencing and suppression of the West Papuan activists? What about Detachment 88?
The shame goes on for the Australian Government.
This situation in West Papua mirrors the tumultuous events in East Timor prior to and during the 1999 election since independence from the documented brutal Indonesian rule.
I wrongly assumed that you and the ALP would have learned from history, i.e. East Timor, not to repeat the same mistakes and have the blind eyed foreign policy that previous Australian governments have had and still do, (West Papua under your government), to simply appease Jakarta.
At least the Howard government righted the wrong with standing up to Jakarta into giving the East Timorese the right to end the brutal Indonesian rule, that they had endured for almost a quarter of a century.
The West Papuan Indigenous activists and their supporters should not be imprisoned, shot, murdered, raped and mysteriously disappear from their communities for simply raising the Morning Star flag and exercising their democratic right for simply holding peaceful demonstrations so as to have the opportunity to the right for self determination.
Once again, what is the Geneva Convention on Human Rights for? Does it not apply to West Papua?
I'm sure your Indonesian counterpart would say that the West Papuan supporters have a very good imagination, as” Marty”( Raden Mohammad Marty Muliana) Natalegawa has said previously.
I, along with the growing Australian and other foreign supporters of West Papua will not stop with our democratic right to voice our concerns over the treatment of the defenceless Indigenous West Papuans, until they are given the right to self determination, unlike the sham "Act of no choice" in 1969.
Is it possible that you are just extremely ignorant of this situation in West Papua? If this is so, please Senator Carr, google West Papua and discover the truth for your own political and humanitarian benefit, and please have the courage and morale backbone/spine to stand up to Jakarta. (Not at the expense of the Indigenous West Papuans).
Why has Jakarta expelled the Red Cross (please correct me if I am wrong) and other foreign organisations, media etc? Does Jakarta have something to hide?
In conclusion to this short but poignant discussion, we should never be silenced when it comes to the basic human rights of humanity; we must keep fighting for the Indigenous West Papuans and never stop until they are given the right to self determination.
I would appreciate it if you could respond and answer these issues that I have raised in this email to you Senator Carr.
Yours sincerely
Aaron Wallbank

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