Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Morning_Star_LAsanstxtBenny Wenda is a West Papua human rights leader living in political exile in England and he is internationally recognized as the spokesperson for West Papua self-determination. As a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Benny has garnered a lot of support from parliamentarians and other notable figures, internationally. In February, Benny met with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa, who has urged the United Nations to review the discredited 1969 referendum in which the former Dutch colony of Papua was incorporated into Indonesia, and compared the oppression and ongoing human rights abuses with the apartheid of South Africa.
This is Benny's first visit to the West Coast and he will be speaking to several diverse communities in Southern California, delivering an intimate account about the conditions of West Papua. Information has been difficult to ascertain due to the ongoing restictions imposed by Indonesian authorities banning foreign journalists and human rights groups from traveling into the region. For more information please visit Here's the current breakdown of Benny Wenda's schedule in Los Angeles/Long Beach area on Facebook and Twitter
4:00-5:30: Eastside Cafe presentation with Urban Zapatista 5469 Huntington Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90032
10:00am-1:00pm: UCLA Details TBD
2:00pm-4:00pm: Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum 695 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802​
8:00pm-11:00pm: The Mint Blue King Brown/Big Mountain/ AK Rockefeller 6010 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
11:00am-12:00pm KPFK- Freedom Now
1:00pm-3:00pm: Heritage of Aloha Festival Heritage Park, 12100 Mora Drive in Santa Fe Springs
4:00pm-7:00pm: Oceanian Indigenous Communiteis of Southern California Grace Methodist Church 2325 East 3rd St. Long Beach, CA 90814
6:00pm-9:00pm KRST Unity Center of Afrakan Spiritual Science 7825 S. Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90047
  Note: All events are subject to change. I'll be tweeting on @imiponoprojects and leaving messages on (808) 218-4367

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Arnie's Statement

Arnie, coordinator for the Moana Nui Action and Advocacy (MNAA-CA), read an excerpt of the Moana Nui West Papua statement.

West Papua Action, January 17, 2012, Los Angeles, CA. Indonesian Consulate.
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Liz's Statement

Liz Ryder of West Papua Action Network gave a powerful statement against the Indonesian military campaign on the West Papua people, likening Indonesian security forces as more of "crime syndicate" than a military.

West Papua Action, January 17, 2012, Los Angeles, CA. Indonesian Consulate.
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Harold's Statement

Harold Green, a long time supporter of the West Papua solidarity movement gave a strong statement is support of Human Rights and is critical of the US support of Indonesian militarization, particularly citing Obama, a Nobel Peace Pize winner, for providing weapons and military support to Indonesia.

West Papua Action, January 17, 2012, Los Angeles, CA. Indonesian Consulate.
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Moana Nui 2011
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Daniel Tavai "Free West Papua" Song

Daniel composed this for this event-- sweet.

West Papua Action, January 17, 2012, Los Angeles, CA. Indonesian Consulate.
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Moana Nui 2011
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Sunday, January 1, 2012

West Papua Action- Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 17, 2012

sign the online petition

Los Angeles, CA-- Moana Nui Action Alliance (MNAA-CA), West Papua Action

When:Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 11:30 a.m.

Where: Indonesian Consulate in Los Angeles, 3457 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA (213) 383-5126 

Send a message to Obama to end all weapon transfers to Indonesia.  
West Papua must be free from human rights abuses by Indonesian security forces. 
Appeal to Indonesia, the U.S. and the U.N to allow for a free and independent West Papua.

On January 17th, 2006, forty-three West Papuans circumnavigated their homeland before beaching their traditional canoe ‘Exodus’ on the Australian mainland at Mapoon in far north Queensland. In solidarity with the 43 who have risked their lives to expose the corruption and human rights abuses in West Papua by Indonesia, and in support of their 50 year struggle for independence.

For information contact: Coordinator:
(808) 218-4367 

West Papua Statement

West Papua Statement
West Papua, lying just off the northern coast of Australia and east of Indonesia is part of a Pacific ethno-linguistic region called Melanesia by its early Western scholars.  Melanesia comprises over 300 indigenous peoples with distinctive ethno-linguistic features.   Currently, West Papua is struggling for independence from Indonesia and, in the interim, suffers serious and ongoing human rights abuses. The United States has been complicit in this abuse leading us to demand an end to this complicity here, as in the rest of the Pacific. 
West Papua harbors the US-based Freeport-McMoRan Gold and Copper mine that was imposed on it via U.S.-Indonesian collaboration.  It is the largest gold mine, and the third largest copper mine in the world.  As happens throughout much of the world, it is the very abundance of these mineral resources that has unleashed the violence that is being committed against the people of West Papua.  The reason: powerful extractive and financial interests in both the US and Indonesia are determined to control the mine and its surrounding area.  In 2005, the New York Times reported that Freeport had paid over $20 million to the Indonesian military to protect their control over mineral resources.
Last November, at the conclusion of the APEC conference in Hawaii, President Obama visited Indonesia meeting there with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Obama raised the issue of West Papua where, in recent months, the killing of independence activists resumed and human rights abuses by Indonesian security forces continues.
In the words of President Yudhoyono, Obama ''explicitly'' stated that he respected Indonesia's sovereignty over the territory, which was incorporated into Indonesia after a highly contested referendum in 1969.
In 1960 United Nations General Assembly Resolution (1514) was passed.  The “Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Counties and Peoples” granted self-determination to numerous territories that had been under colonial rule. One year later West Papua, which was transitioning out from under Dutch rule flew their national flag, “The Morning Star", and set up their own parliament. A mere two years later, in 1962, the neighboring Indonesian army, under President Suharto, tragically began its campaign of “disappearances” and other human rights violations, which continue to this day.
Leading up to the 1969 "referendum" referred to earlier, the Indonesian military hand picked approximately 400 indigenous West Papuans and 600 Indonesians as delegates to vote in favor of re-colonization. These delegates, under threat from the Indonesian army and other agents, unanimously endorsed political integration with Indonesia. After nearly 150 years of occupation by the Dutch, British, Germans, and Japanese, then, West Papua was once again denied her independence.
At their meeting last month, Obama and Yudhoyono signed a bilateral agreement wherein the United States will hand over 24 Excess Defense Article F-16s to the Indonesian air force. F-16 flight and aircraft maintenance training will be provided for Indonesian pilots and work crews in the United States.

We call on President Obama to place people over profits and do what he must to impress upon President Yudhoyono to stop all human rights violations by his security forces.  Just as in the 1980s when US civil society mobilized for divestment in South Africa to end Apartheid, we further call upon President Obama to call upon President Yudhoyono to assure that Indonesia observe the rights that are guaranteed to the indigenous people of West Papua in, among other instruments, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which Indonesia pledged to support at the UN General Assembly in 2007.
Further, since Obama spent his childhood years in Indonesia and claims to have a unique relationship with its people, we call upon him to denounce the ongoing violence in West Papua sanctioned by the Yudhoyono regime and to allow for the indigenous majority of West Papua to move forward their long-maintained struggle for self-determination to the decolonization committee at the United Nations.
Papuan Networks Groups
1. Pembebasan Papua Barat
2. Organisasi Papua Pribumi
3. Indigineous Orang Papua Barat
4. Komite Nasional Papua Barat
5. Nova Guinea Grup
6. Kabar Papua (WP-Berita)
7. Suara Wirewit (suara Allah) untuk Papua Barat
8. Noken Papua (Bilum kantong) Papua Barat
9.  Demokrat Sosial Papua Barat
10. Papua Barat muda tidak pernah menyerah-up
11. Australia - Asosiasi Papua Barat
12. Kabar dri Teluk Bintuni / Berita Bintuni Papua Barat
13. Solidaritas Kanaky untuk Papua Barat
14. Referendum untuk Papua Barat
 Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo╩╗ole Osorio, PhD, Convener, Moana Nui 2011
Arnie Saiki, Coordinator, Moana Nui Action Alliance
Laura Ava-Tesimale, Director, One Global Family Foundation
Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space

Pernyataan 'Papua Barat'

Papua Barat, terletak tepat di lepas pantai utara Australia dan bagian
timur Indonesia merupakan bagian dari wilayah Pasifik etno-linguistik
yang disebut Melanesia oleh para kaum sarjana Barat . Melanesia
terdiri lebih dari 300 masyarakat adat dengan etno-linguistik yang
khas fitur. Saat ini, Papua Barat berjuang untuk kemerdekaan dari
Indonesia dan, sementara itu, menderita serius dan berkelanjutan
pelanggaran hak asasi manusia. Amerika Serikat telah terlibat dalam
penyalahgunaan memimpin kita untuk menuntut diakhirinya keterlibatan
ini di sini, seperti yang terjadi dalam wilayah Pasifik.

Papua Barat pelabuhan tambang Freeport-McMoRan Copper Gold dan itu
dikenakan pada melalui kerjasama AS-Indonesia. Ini adalah tambang emas
terbesar, dan tambang tembaga terbesar ketiga di dunia. Seperti yang
terjadi di sebagian besar dunia, itu adalah sangat kelimpahan sumber
daya mineral yang telah memberikan kekerasan yang sedang dilakukan
terhadap rakyat Papua Barat. Alasannya: kepentingan ekstraktif dan
keuangan yang kuat di Amerika Serikat dan Indonesia bertekad untuk
mengontrol tambang dan sekitarnya. Pada tahun 2005, New York Times
melaporkan bahwa Freeport telah membayar lebih dari $ 20 juta kepada
militer Indonesia untuk melindungi kontrol mereka atas sumber daya
Bulan lalu pada akhir konferensi APEC di Hawaii, Presiden Obama
mengunjungi Indonesia ada pertemuan dengan Presiden Susilo Bambang
Yudhoyono. Obama mengangkat isu Papua Barat di mana, dalam beberapa
bulan terakhir, pembunuhan aktivis kemerdekaan kembali dan pelanggaran
HAM oleh pasukan keamanan Indonesia terus berlanjut.

Dalam kata-kata Presiden Yudhoyono, Obama''eksplisit''menyatakan bahwa
ia menghormati kedaulatan Indonesia atas wilayah itu, yang dimasukkan
ke Indonesia setelah referendum yang sangat diperebutkan pada tahun
Pada tahun 1960 Majelis Umum PBB Resolusi (1514) disahkan. "Deklarasi
tentang Pemberian Kemerdekaan kepada County Kolonial dan Masyarakat"
diberikan sendiri-tekad untuk berbagai wilayah yang telah di bawah
kekuasaan kolonial. Satu tahun kemudian Papua Barat, yang transisi
keluar dari bawah pemerintahan Belanda berkibarlah bendera nasional
mereka(Papu Barat), "Bintang Kejora", dan mendirikan sebuah parlemen
mereka sendiri hanya dua tahun kemudian,. Pada tahun 1962, tentara
Indonesia , di bawah Presiden Soeharto, tragis memulai kampanye dari
"penghilangan" dan pelanggaran HAM lainnya, yang terus sampai hari
Menjelang "referendum" 1969 disebut sebelumnya, dengan tangan militer
Indonesia mengambil sekitar 400 masyarakat adat Papua Barat dan 600
Indonesia sebagai delegasi untuk memilih mendukung re-kolonisasi saat
jumlah rakyat papua barat saat itu ada >800.000. Delegasi ini, di
bawah ancaman dari tentara Indonesia dan agen lainnya, secara bulat
mendukung integrasi politik dengan Indonesia. Setelah hampir 150 tahun
penjajahan Belanda, Inggris, Jerman, dan Jepang, dan kemerdekaan Papua
Barat masih terus di sangkali.

Pada pertemuan mereka bulan lalu, Obama dan Yudhoyono menandatangani
perjanjian bilateral dimana Amerika Serikat akan menyerahkan 24 Pasal
Pertahanan Kelebihan F-16 untuk angkatan udara Indonesia. F-16 terbang
dan pelatihan perawatan pesawat akan disediakan untuk pilot Indonesia
dan kru bekerja di Amerika Serikat.

Kami meminta Presiden Obama untuk menempatkan orang di atas yang
menikmati keuntungan dan melakukan apa yang ia harus memberikan kesan
kepada Presiden Yudhoyono untuk menghentikan semua pelanggaran HAM
oleh aparat keamanan. Sama seperti pada 1980-an ketika AS masyarakat
sipil dimobilisasi untuk divestasi di Afrika Selatan untuk mengakhiri
apartheid, kami lebih lanjut menyerukan kepada Presiden Obama untuk
memanggil Presiden Yudhoyono untuk memastikan bahwa Indonesia
mengamati hak-hak yang dijamin untuk masyarakat adat Papua Barat, di
antara instrumen lain, Deklarasi PBB tentang Hak-Hak Masyarakat Adat
dimana Indonesia berjanji untuk dukungan pada Majelis Umum PBB pada
tahun 2007.
Selanjutnya, sejak Obama menghabiskan tahun masa kecilnya di Indonesia
dan mengklaim memiliki hubungan yang unik dengan orang-orang INA, kita
berseru kepada-nya untuk men-stopkan kekerasan yang sedang berlangsung
di Papua Barat dan memberi sanksi pada rezim Yudhoyono dan untuk
memungkinkan mayoritas asli Papua Barat untuk bergerak maju dalam
perjuangan mereka yang lama-dipertahankan untuk penentuan nasib
sendiri yang valid kepada komite dekolonisasi di PBB.

Mengetahui Papuan Networks Groups,

1. Pembebasan Papua Barat
2. Organisasi Papua pribumi
3. Indigineous Orang Papua Barat
4. Komite Nasional Papua Barat
5. Nova Guinea Grup
6. Kabar Papua (WP-Berita)
7. Suara Wirewit (suara Allah) untuk Papua Barat
8. Noken Papua (Bilum kantong) Papua Barat
9.  Demokrat Sosial Papua Barat
10. Papua Barat muda tidak pernah menyerah-up
11. Australia - Asosiasi Papua Barat
12. Kabar dri Teluk Bintuni / Berita Bintuni Papua Barat
13. Solidaritas Kanaky untuk Papua Barat
14. Referendum untuk Papua Barat