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(en) Indonesia, West Papua, EMERGENCY! Lani becomes the Target for Indonesia (fwd)

From MAD MAL <m.bradley@student.murdoch.edu.au>
Date Sat, 9 Dec 2000 14:59:10 -0500 (EST)


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> From: Sem Karoba <skaroba@yahoo.com>

Dear all supporters of West Papua,

Lani Tribe from the highlands is now becoming the
TARGET of the Indonesian police and army. 

We inform that:

1. OPM/TPN is not Lani people, there is no way
whatsoever, the Idonesian police and TNI point out
Lani as OPM/TPN.

2. The struggle in West Papua is the struggle of all
Papuans. Why the Lani become the target? For a simple
reason, we do not have enough access to the
international community. We are not well educated in
modern politics. We are the victims of the INdonesian
occupation in West Papua. We are honest, strong in our
principles and beliefs and never surrender and no
compromise to the Indonesians for the sake of the
truth.

3. The massacre and deaths of innocent civilians
(recently 3 university students  who are Lani in
Jayapura) in West Papua are purely the brutal acts
from the Indonesian army and police, and government
who do not want to resolve West Papua political issue
in democratic way. In recent incident, the army
attacked two Lani dormitories, Ninmin from Puncak Jaya
Regency and Nayak from Baliem Regency and took all
students sleeping in their dormitories and one of them
was shot on the spot. Three others died in police
prison, after heavily beaten. This recent death is the
strongest example we can ever give you, how
Indonesians treat the Lani people since they occupied
West Papua.

We declare that:

1. Lani people will not step any step back with any
reason, until all Lani people are completely wiped out
from their land, West Papua. We are all ready to die
for our land.

2. Until January 2001, all Lani people will get out
from West Papua to Papua New Guinea. This massive
exodus is the last effort we can ever do to escape
from massive genocide over a tribe on this planet.

3. We will not going out to Papua New Guiena to escape
from the responsiblity, but we are going to fight
back, until finally we free West Papua from Indonesian
colonialism and occupation. 

4. All Papuans are now ready and stand-by to
close-down multinationals operating in West Papua,
namely Santa Fe in Sorong, Freeport McMoRan in Timika,
Conocco in Bintuni, and other timber companies in West
Papua AS SOON AS POSSIBLE since this letter is sent
out to you all. We demand the multinationals working
in West Papua to take steps towards what is going to
happen to their operations in West Papua before all
things are late. They are guests in West Papua, and
they need to know what is going to happen.

THEREFORE, WE URGE THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY:

1. Please mobilise human rights organisations such as
Amnesty International, Peace Brigade International,
UNHCR, and others to come and monitor human rights
violations and humanitarian crises in West Papua.

2. We urge the International Community to plan actions
to resolve West Papua political issues democratically,
peacefully and comprehensively. The international
community should not repeat its past mistake by
allowing further killings of innocent civilians until
it is late to act then try to blame each other.

All supporters of West Papua, could you please
wide-spread this call? West Papua is now in emergency
situation. We always warn before things happen, and we
do not want to be late as it usually happens.

Yours in solidarity,

SK


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