Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Govt urged to verify Papua torture video


Ifdhal said the government should investigate the video and not simply deny any government involvement in the actions depicted in it.
He said a failure by the government to ascertain the truth behind the video would intensify public distrust of the government’s role in Papua.
He told The Jakarta Post that commission members in Papua had begun questioning sources in connection with the video.


1 comment:

  1. Dear Friend of West Papua,

    As some of you may already be aware, footage has been circulating on the news and internet this week showing the horrific torture and murder of West Papuans at the hands of Indonesian military.
    You can view the footage at this link http://bit.ly/9IFl82

    I urge you please to circulate this information as far and wide as possible. It is important people see with their own eyes the suffering that the Papuan people have endured on a daily basis since Indonesia occupied our land in the 1960s.

    There is a major humanitarian crisis in the West Papua highlands at the moment. Thousands of civilians including women and children are hiding in the forests from the Indonesian military.
    Foreign aid organisations, journalists and human rights observers are being barred from entering the region. This is a genocide happening.

    Please do all you can to help us, before it is too late. We urgently need UN peacekeepers to be sent in, and for those responsible for these horrific crimes to be brought to justice.

    Indonesia is committing another East Timor. They are turning the rivers of West Papua red with the blood of my people.

    On behalf of my people who continue to suffer, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support for our struggle.

    We are human beings, and just ask for the same rights as you - to live in peace without fear of arrest, murder, intimidation, torture or rape.

    Please help us be free from Indonesian colonial rule. Time is running out.

    Wa wa wa

    Benny Wenda
    West Papua independence leader in the UK