I want to commend Moana Nui for organizing this demonstration on
behalf of our Brothers and Sisters in West Papua to help give voice to
their fight for freedom, the fight for their to right to
self-determination. This being just 2 days after the birthday of one of
the greatest freedom fighters in history: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Whom I’m sure that if he were alive and was aware of what is taking
place in West Papua, would be speaking out against it as well.
I also want to commend the people of West Papua, for their relentless
and courageous fight for their freedom, against a racist and brutal
occupation of their land
These days when I wake up in the morning and read about ongoing
developments in West Papua, including the just published West Papua
Human Rights Report for 2012 by the Australia West Papua Association,
what I’m am painfully made aware of, is that since Barack Obama has been
president, things seemingly have gotten worse for our brothers and
sisters in West Papua as his administration continues to arm and train
the Indonesian military and security forces, which now includes the
promise to sell to Indonesia, the very deadly Apache Helicopters which
we know will be used in West Papua. So we take this time to condemn
president Obama for these decisions.
But President Obama isn’t the only leader who is arming and training
the Indonesian military. It is also David Cameron: Prime Minister of not
so great Britain, Julia Gillard Prime Minister of Australia and given
Australian history, you would think that by now, it would have grown
weary of facilitating genocide. But that does not seem to be the case.
And there are other leaders of governments that are arming and training
the Indonesian military and we condemn them as well.
And so we call on these leaders and their respective governments,
particularly those governments that are always espousing the principles
of human rights, to stop supporting human rights abuse, murder, genocide
and colonialism in West Papua.
And I’ll end my comments by saying to our Brothers and Sisters in
West Papua; continue to fight for what you know is right, continue to
fight for your freedom, for your culture, for humanity, and know that in
this fight, you are not alone.
Thank you ( http://mnaa-ca.org/jan-17-2013-west-papua-action/ )