Politicians for centuries have been the perpetrators of some of the world’s biggest cover – ups. In fact most mainstream politicians have at one stage been a part of a cover – up, whether that be big or small, from lying about conversations, to hiding details of catastrophic events. Julie Bishop has one scenario that will stay with her for the rest of her life, if she doesn’t act…
The year was 1949, following to Indonesian National Revolution, the Netherlands agreed to recognise Indonesia’s sovereignty over the territories, all territories except that of Western New guinea, the Dutch decided to hold onto this land after coming to the conclusion that the people were “ethnically different” and that they would remain there until the people were capable of self – determination.
1950 comes about and the Dutch and Western powers decide that the Papuans should be given an independent state. HOWEVER due to the selfish powerful elite, and to keep Indonesia on the side of the West in the cold – war, the US pressured the Dutch to sacrifice Papua’s independence and instead transfer it to Indonesia.
Ever since then the Indonesian Forces have committed a never ending catalogue of extreme human rights violations.
That statistics are absolutely devastating, and any human in their right mind would not be able to withstand interfering and telling the Indonesian government to back the hell up. According to numerous reports over 500,000 civilians have been killed in a genocide against the indigenous population. Thousands more have been raped, tortured, imprisoned or ‘disappeared’ after being detained. Basic human rights such as freedom of speech are denied and Papuans live in a constant state of fear and intimidation.
These people are our neighbours, these people helped us during the second world war. Known back the as “The Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels” their bravery and aid was something that helped defend this country, and now we owe it to them to defend their basic rights to live. If Australia does nothing to stand up for these injustices it will be one of the greatest betrayals known to human history. The politician who is at the centre of it all is none other than minister of foreign affairs Julie Bishop.
It’s quite simple when looking into her position on this conflict, she just chooses not to believe there is any evidence of genocide and therefore chooses not to interfere with Indonesian forces in West Papua.
That’s not all. In an interview between Peter Elaby (West Papuan) and Julie Bishop the following statements were made; Source : Greenleftweekly,org,au
Peter: “Why does the Australian government not try to solve the human rights problems in the Pacific and particular in West Papua?”
She replied: “The Australian government can’t do anything about human rights issues in West Papua because we respect Indonesian sovereignty over West Papua. The Australian government is sure that the issue of human rights in West Papua can be solved with consultation with the Indonesian government.”
Bishop has been a long time denier of the injustices committed by Indonesia, being in the seat of power, and the only one who can provide an informed opinion to our PM as to how Australia’s foreign decision should be made, she simply has not.
At one stage, support West Papua got so large that Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce sent in a letter, a letter which explained the concerns of his constituents over the Indonesia – Papua conflict. Read it for yourself below;
At the same time, it is not like the Indonesian officials teat Australians with respect, when a few surrounding countries tried to help West Papua, Indonesian General Ryamizard said;
“Please tell Solomon Island and those six nations (from the MSG) never to interfere or encourage West Papua to join them.”
“Those countries better keep their mouths shut and mind their own business. It is better that (Australia) speaks to them gently. If it was left up to me, I would twist their ears.”
How long are you going to ignore this Julia? How long are you going to sell Australia’s soul for a “good” relationship with Indonesia? You are right now responsible for overseeing the international diplomacy section of the department of foreign affairs. If you finish your political career without forcefully speaking of West Papua on the international stage then you deserve nothing, and people will remember you as a politician that was nothing more than a stern look and a big hair.
Oh and Julie, we haven’t forgotten who your foreign donors are. Chinese businessmen with links to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop have donated half a million dollars to the Western Australian division of the Liberal Party during the past two years, political disclosures have revealed.
BINGOOOOOOOOO, what if I told you the Chinese in 2016 have placed a brand new cement plant in West Papua funded for by the state’s ‘Development and Investment Corporation’. Hmmm getting the picture? The plant was part of a wider investment strategy in Indonesia from China.
Freeport and Rio Tinto are said to have close relations with the military to protect their mining interests in my people’s lands – the very same military that is estimated to have killed more than 100,000 of the civilians.
In fact you have been MORE vocal about Donald Trump telling the French first lady she looks good than this issue all together. That’s right I forgot, your best buddies with Hillary Clinton as well! You know what what they say show me their friends and I’ll show you the person.
If you still are not convinced about how this issue should strike a chord in everyone’s hearts then read the facts below of RAPE,CENSORSHIP & POLITICAL IMPRISONMENT;
Sexual assault and rape has been repeatedly used as a weapon by the Indonesian military and police.
In a public report to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights in 1999, the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women concluded that the Indonesian security forces used rape “as an instrument of torture and intimidation” in West Papua, and “torture of women detained by the Indonesian security forces was widespread”.
Freedom Of Expression
The basic rights to freedom of expression are almost completely denied in West Papua. Anyone expressing any criticism of Indonesian rule and in particular aspirations for West Papuan independence can expect to be persecuted by the police and imprisoned.
Recently, leading human rights organizations KontraS Papua and the Commission for the Disappeared and the Victims of Violence, published a report on the increasing tendency of the Indonesian state to charge people peacefully expressing their desire for political independence with treason. They state:
‘In 2010, cases with a political dimension have characteristically become ensnared by the charge of makar, the Indonesian word for treason or rebellion… altogether in 2010, 32 people were charged or investigated in connection with Article 106 on makar.’
There are currently hundreds of West Papuan political prisoners being held in West Papua and across Indonesia. Many are serving long prison terms for peacefully protesting against Indonesian rule or for being members of organisations calling for West Papuan independence.
Filep Karma is a particular case in point, serving a 15 year jail sentence simply for raising the West Papuan national flag. He is an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience. Conditions in the prisons are often very poor and maltreatment of prisoners is common with many being beaten and tortured while detained. Prisoners have often developed severe health problems and been denied access to medical care.
The above information about the injustices committed in West Papua by Indonesian forces have been listed below. The information has been sourced from https://www.freewestpapua.org/category/australia/
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At the bottom of this article, I have included several university – studies that absolutely highlight the genocide and absolute disregard for basic human rights the people of West Papua have endured.
A Slow-Motion Genocide: Indonesian Rule in West Papua,
Paper published in the Griffith Law Journal by Dr Jim Elmslie and Dr Camellia Webb-Gannon. Australia.
The Neglected Genocide – Human rights abuses against Papuans in the Central Highlands, 1977 – 1978
Asian Human rights Commision.
Human Rights Watch Report – Something to Hide? Indonesia’s Restrictions on Media Freedom and Rights Monitoring in Papua