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Human Rights Atrocities in West Papua

Greetings from Adelaide, Australia
I found it very refreshing to read Dorothy Regenvanu's letter to the Editor concerning the hypocritical attitude of your government and the opposition towards human rights abuses by the military in Indonesdia towards West Papuans.
I can relate to this wholeheartedly as exactly the same is happening right here in Australia. For 24 years, successive Australian Governments not only turned a blind eye to Indonesia's brutal occupation of East Timor, but they actively supported and financially benefited from it. Credible reports of human rights abuses were routinely dismissed as the death toll climbed to more than 180,000.
It is a fact and documented that Indonesian military have assassinated Papuan political leaders, overseen a massive build up of personnel in West Papua, and have been caught out torturing Papuan captives. Over the New Year period,BRIMOB and DENSUS 88 troops (trained by the ADF and AFP) burnt down 29 churches, 13 primary schools, 2 junior schools, and 13 villages in Paniai and the helicopter of a Melbourne-based mining company (West Wits Mining and Paniai Gold) was used in what has been described as 'surgical military strikes.'
The military and police forcibly shut down the peaceful gathering at the Third Papuan People Congress, killing at least three people, injuring at least 90 and arresting approximately 300.
Five West Papuan men are facing charges of treason. They are the Papuan leaders Forkorus Yaboisembut, Edison Waromi, August Makbrowen Senay, Dominikus Sorabut and Selpius Bobii, who were arrested at the Congress after raising the Papuan 'Morning Star' flag and declaring independence. Their lawyers say they face 20 years to life in prison if they are found guilty.
Neither Australia's Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, or her Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, seem willing to speak up and out on the issue. Despite being willing to take leadership roles in conflicts on the other side of the world such as in Libya, Foreign Minister Rudd is a more reluctant advocate for human rights closer to home.
Australia's bid for a place on the UN Security Council pitches us as a "principled advocate of human rights for all". Here is a prime opportunity for Minister Rudd to take a principled stand against human rights abuses on our doorstep.
The effective ban on journalists from travelling to and reporting from West Papua only serves to highlight how little we know of what's actually happening there. That the Red Cross is not permitted into West Papua is a crime against humanity.
I would therefore like to remind Dorothy of Robert Kennedy's famous quote:
"Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he/she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
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