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REGION: New call for United Nations to back decolonisation for West Papua


Pacific Regional Non Governmental Organisations Alliance spokesperson Peter Emberson. Image: World Council of Churches

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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BRISBANE (Pacific Media Watch / International Forum for West Papua / Radio New Zealand / Islands Business): New calls have been made for the United Nations to add West Papua to its list of Pacific nations that must be decolonised.

The UN's Pacific Regional Seminar for the Eradication of Colonialism got underway in Fiji today. It aims to accelerate decolonisation ahead of 2020 and will report to the UN General Assembly on the state of several Pacific island nations which remain colonised.

Radio New Zealand International reported that the Australia West Papua Association asked for the UN Special Political and Decolonisation Committee to actually visit West Papua to witness the realities of Indonesia's colonisation of West Papua.

Joe Collins of the Australia West Papua Association says the committee visited New Caledonia in March and it should also now visit West Papua.

"He says it is an accepted fact that the so-called act of free choice in 1969 was a farce and the UN has a moral responsibility to the West Papuans for the betrayal of a people," RNZI reported.

The International Forum for West Papua, based in Brisbane, Australia, today released a petition calling on the chairperson of the UN Special Political and Decolonisation Committee, Carlos Enrique García González, to add West Papua to the list of nations requiring urgent decolonisation.

The political and legal status of West Papua needs to be reviewed to examine the historical failure of 1969 in which only 10 percent of total population were allowed to choose between independence or colonisation by Indonesia, said the International Forum's president Amatus Douw.

Douw called on the UN to add West Papua to the decolonisation list this year.

He also called on member states of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front of New Caledonia) to push the UN to grant West Papua decolonisation status.

Islands Business magazine reported today that a joint Pacific Regional Non-Governmental Organisations Alliance called for freedom for the indigenous people of Guam, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Tokelau and West Papua - all of which are currently colonised - so they could chart their own future.

“The right of people in non self-governing territories, whose countries are ruled by colonial administrations, to determine their own political future, and we call on our Pacific peoples in all walks of life to stand up, speak out and be actively engaged in their struggle,” the alliance's spokesperson, Peter Emberson, told Islands Business.

“The peoples of our non self-governing territories have not given up. They have been repressed, their rights taken away, they have been tortured and killed, imprisoned, and pushed to the margins of political and economic life but they are not backing down,” Emberson said.
 

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West Papua and the United Nations

I am the decolonization expert with the Australia West Papua Association, several years ago I uncovered the apparent connection between the Freeport mining director Robert Lovett and the scheme promoted to US President Kennedy in 1961 for using the United Nations to colonize West Papua. And two years ago I discovered the United Nations secret about West Papua, the legal issue that is at the centre of the current occupation & abuse of West Papua.

The United Nations did not explain this to the news media or to the public in 1962, but the document commonly known as 'The New York Agreement' was providing the legal function of a "trusteeship" agreement as defined in articles 75 to 85 of the Charter of the United Nations. Such agreements ask that the United Nations take-over the responsibility for a colony (non-self-governing territory); and our governments on 21st Sept 1962 decided to accept responsibility for West Papua by using article 85 to approve the agreement in General Assembly resolution 1752.

West Papua does not need to be on any committee 'list', West Papua is a trust territory and therefore our governments are required by law (article 76) to promote the "self-government or independence" of West Papua.

That is the secret that our Ministers of Foreign Affairs and our Attorney Generals have been concealing from the news media and from the people of West Papua since 1962.

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