West Papua, a province of Indonesia, has continually witnessed the devastation of genocide by the Indonesian military. In a clip documenting some facts and figures, Moore presents the cold hard reality of the Australian government turning a blind eye to the atrocities.
Ironically, in World War II, the “Fuzzy Wuzzy’s” were iconic in the support and care of Australian troops in some of the more brutal scenes of Australian war history. Their intervention saved countless lives, and Australian children were educated to understand their bravery and contribution.
But as Moore points out, the Australian government, no matter the party in power, will not speak out against the crimes that the Indonesian government have committed against West Papua over the last decades. The Indonesian Military run a close parallel to the likes of those witnessed in the past.
In 1965-66, Indonesia killed over 1,000,000 ‘communists’ due to political beliefs. From there, the invasion of East Timor, which began in 1975, and finally ended in 1999 when the UN intervened, saw a further 200,000 deaths, though the number is believed to be higher.
The Indonesian military continue to grow at an alarming rate, with the Australian government supporting the training of some at no cost to the Indonesians. For the nation, an annual budget of the equivalent to $8.1 million U.S. is reported on the clip. Their crimes continue to be documented, but economic sanctions are nonexistent. The only existing standards are that Indonesia do not ship “second-hand” products.
The fundamental treatment of human rights by Indonesia has passed through almost unquestioned and unchecked, according to scholars of Peace and Conflict Studies at Sydney University. Their report “A slow-motion genocide: Indonesian rule in West Papua,” coincides with the atrocities that Moore brings to our attention.
“Indonesia invaded West Papua in 1962-63. It officially annexed the territory via a farcical United Nations-supervised “Act of Free Choice” in 1969 a sham referendum in which only 1054 people, hand-picked by Indonesia, were allowed to vote,” Greenleft have documented, an alternative news site. “Australia has long supported Indonesia’s occupation of West Papua, and helps train Indonesian military units accused of human rights abuses.”
Indonesian Military with an East Timorese Captive
The report suggests that over half a million have been killed as a result of the Indonesian occupation:
“Australia, a quasi military ally of Indonesia through the 2006 Lombok Treaty (which was itself based on suppressing international support for West Papua), will find itself in an increasingly awkward position: a self-proclaimed promoter of human rights, yet a supporting actor in a military occupation entailing crimes against humanity and genocide.”
Some valuable resources behind the bloodshed?
Freeport’s Grasberg mine is located in Indonesia’s province of Papua. The mine is one of the largest and richest mining operations in the world, generating “colossal profits” from copper and gold for the Indonesian government and its parent companies: Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold and RioTinto.
According to the Global Policy Forum, even though the mines are some of the largest, the human rights abuses and corruption make this a complicated endeavor. Grasberg is also Indonesia’s “largest source of tax revenue, for others it is a symbol of that nation’s corruption and cronyism.”
WWF Global suggests the life of the mine could extend a further 30 years, having devastating consequences for the environment and the local populations. Deforestation, pollution, and flooding are but a few legacies of the mine. The Aikwa River flooding in 1991 destroyed mass areas of lowland forest and “continues to threaten the town of Timika.”
Much bloodshed surrounds the history of the mines, which started in the 1970s, including the “extrajudicial killing of as many as 200 people between 1975 and 1997, in and around the Freeport area, almost all of them unarmed civilians,” says the report by WWF.
You can read more on the Grasberg mine here and here.
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Isn’t Australia the largest island
Autralia is continent. Guinea is really 2nd largest island on the world.
No australia is an island and a continent
Australia is the largest island and the smallest continent.
Great Britain: 229,848 km²; West Papua: 420,540 km²! Hardly a small island.
Great Britain, population: 60,800,000; West Papua, population: 877,437! Hardly a large population.
I have but they dont have any oil, so no one gives a feck. 🙁
Why is it so easy to demonise people who are different? What fecking schitty excuse does Indonesia and Austraila have for genocide?
We are a fecked up species and we’re on the eve of destruction. The Earth itself will destroy us if we dont start giving a feck about life!
Our Government sends funds to Indonesian and sticks its collective head in the sand, Claims we have to Respect Indonesia’s sovereignty of West Papua, funny last time I looked it’s a separate country that Indonesia had to cross a f-k-n sea to get too, Its been divided in 3 states and Indonesia claimed it by force torturing and murdering West Papuans, because of the big bucks in the ground now lining the filthy pockets of politicians and wealthy companies are ignoring their plight to rape their land and grow fatter and richer…The worst though is our week pathetic governments, no backbone just greed and should be f–king ASHAMED.
How many of our WW2 vets did West Papuans help to survive, protected them, brought them to safety at great risk, they fought beside our fathers, grandfathers through the war, they deserve our respect and help, just like they freely gave us.
Our government/s are pathetic cowards, F-kn Turnbull…sure you could spare a bit from your oil shares and ask a few of your Saudi mates because They now run the Human rights Council for the UN, West Papuans are our allies and friends that you and all previous governments have been and continue to ignore and allow human rights abuse against to continue.
THANK YOU! WENDY FOR EXPLAINING SO WELL. AND YOU ARE SO RIGHT, THE U.N. IS SO CORRUPT THEY DON’T HELP LIKE THEIR SUPPOSE TOO. OR WE WOULDN’T HAVE TO BE HERE MAKING THESE COMMENTS.
They had the world’s largest gold and copper deposits, that’s WHY the Rockefellers and the cold-war architect Robert Lovett as directors of Freeport mining wanted the colony out of the hands of the locals. The Dutch were also not cooperative so their friends told Kennedy that he had to sacrifice West Papua to Indonesia to stop the Indonesians publishing the embarrassing bundle of papers that Allen Pope had been caught with.
Canberra and other idiots were stupid enough to believe the US cover-story that it was to stop communism.
West Papua was invaded by the United Nations in October 1962, the UN then asked Indonesia to take-over the trusteeship responsibility of administrating the colony for the “welfare of the people of the territory of West New Guinea (West Irian)”
Mass murder & genocide is often motivated by money and hidden schemes like the US sponsored UN invasion that is being hidden behind the Indonesian occupation & murders.
Errata: “their friends” should read “Lovett’s friends” told Kennedy etc.
Aust Gov had blood on its hands they have a lot to answer for to turn your back on these peoples in there time of need is some I am not proud of it shames me as an Aust every thing these peoples done for our soilders in helping them fight the Japonese is in our history our children are taught about this in schools this is a crime against humanity how can you justify this action shame shame shame
Aust Gov just doesn’t like non Caucasians – no conscience and the people are politically asleep all too often
Share this the world needs to see what is happening in th so called.civilised world.
Omg are you for real all the cruelty that is happening an your worried about getting size right absolutely disgusting
its important to understand that this is not just a small island but the western half of PNG.
Needed to put them in gear so that they focus on the issue.
Sorry, will correct this asap!
Some more detailes on involved USA companies – https://romansmirnov.org/?mode=blog_view&id=171
“…to “$8.1 million” U.S. is reported on the clip. Their crimes continue to be
documented, but economic sanctions are nonexistent. The only existing standards are that Indonesia do not ship “second-hand” products.”
Change the 8.1 million to billion!
Relax,its just another proxy war done by U.S and Australia for Papuan Oils And Uranium ,Indonesia’s goverment cant do nothing about it other than watching fake Aussie funded Rebellion getting killed by U.S Backed TNI ,so the Aussies want the Oils,but Others want it too,just like
Poland-IndoAustralian oil war in Timor Leste ,which the goverment covers it as Comunist Purge ,which terribly fail as a good cover up stpry
Eventually OPM will seperate Papua from Indonesia ,and then they got raped again by Australia after achieving its “freedom”,strip the minerals ,and leave it to dust
just like they did to Nauru island ,where they strip off the island off its Phospor and kill the natives before even they can file a complaint
Or it will stay as “Indonesia” territory ,which is actually under U.S control
How to achieve Peace ,indonesia must r3concile with papua and Stand out against those 2 fuckhead ,just like they did with the Drug Traffickers,if needed , Indonesian can extinguish Aussie with their army ,which is not reccomended,those 2 must be banished out of papua ,killing the OPM bitches and Freeport dicksuckers,no need for domestic violence ,but a quick action so Indo’s can stand out to show they are not afraid to attack anytime
Salute from Germany
West Papua looks quite like Palestine… The US is behind this genocide.
Best case of ill informed reporting that I have seen for a while.
This article exposes no new truths, and “hidden partnerships”?? Please, was this written by a ten year old? A ton of facts are conveniently overlooked for the sake of sensationalism. One, Indonesia is very small in size and has a huge population. It sits on Australia’s northern doorstep. In contrast, Australia is very large in size with a tiny population – about 1/10th of Indonesia. Then add China, India, and every other highly populated nation to our immediate north to the mix. That makes Australia a very paranoid place to live for fear of possible invasion by a neighbour at some future point, regardless of how nicely we play together now. So do we go out of our way to grab the Indonesian tiger by the tail? No, we use diplomacy. 2) The subject of West Papua is not hidden at all. Everyone knows it is a problem and human rights groups AND some of more vocal politicians have advocated tougher lines for many many years. 3) You mention the UN intervention in East Timor. What you failed to mention is that Australia led that. We did take the tiger by the tail. Without Australian intervention, chances are the situation would be unchanged today. East Timor would still be part of Indonesia. During and afterward, unsurprisingly, Indonesia screamed about it. That event, while liberating East Timor, drove a massive wedge in Australian-Indonesian relations. It has always been a rocky relationship but one which gets much stronger each year. We do not yet have the influence to push for change in Indonesia, and nor do we hold the moral high ground to lecture Indonesia on human rights when our own indigenous Aboriginals are treated so horribly and their plight swept under the carpet. More and more often, our neighbours throw that fact back at us when we try to lecture them on human rights. If you want to write an article on something that really needs attention, try that one. It’s far less reported on than this regurgitated ignorantly-reported rubbish about West Papua. Meanwhile if you want West Papua fixed, send in the UN – It’s been done before.
Hey Andrew you coward that genocide is happening as we speak only a racist white boy like you will speak like we all know what happened to the native Australians Only cowards like you will turn a blind eye on what’s happening because you are benefiting from it
Hehe, what silly words to write. But a few things. 1) I’m part Aboriginal. Dharumbal tribe. Sorry I don’t look black enough to make you happy, 2) Coward? My photo is up, yours isn’t, 3) Who’s denying anything? 4) Racist? Where did that come from? 4) I’d gladly support West Papuan intervention. As I said, send the UN in if Australia isn’t. Or any other country for that matter. Every other country ignores the plight of West Papua so really they should all be helping. Oh yeah, that’s called the UN. So back to my first suggestion – Let’s send in the UN. No brainer really. Rally in the streets for it – Really do something like build public support instead of just being a keyboard warrior. 5) Um, how am I benefiting from Indonesia’s oppression of the West Papuans? Should I be? Really confused by your exciting sentence but maybe I read it wrong. I’m really sorry you didn’t get anough hugs growing up. Sending one now.
ANDREW, WHY ARE YOU NOT UNDERSTANDING THE U.N. IS NOT HELPFUL LIKE THEY USE TO BE. THE UNITED STATES HAVE THEIR HANDS SO DEEP IN THE GOLD MINING THERE IN WEST PAPUA AND IT’S ILLEGAL WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND AUSTRALIA IS A PART OF IT TOO. THAT’S WHY THEY ARE NOT HELPING LIKE THEY SHOULD. http://www.blacktalkradionetwork.com/2015/02/18/us-mining-company-freeport-mcmoran-funding-genocide-in-indonesian-occupied-west-papua/ FREEPORT MCMORAN, IS PAYING TAXES AND GIVING MONEY FOR INDONESIA ISIS MILITARY POLICE, WHO ABUSE, ATTACK, RAPE AND KILL THE INNOCENT PEOPLE OF WEST PAPUA SINCE THE 60’S UP UNTIL NOW. THE AUSTRALIANS ARE GETTING MONEY FROM THIS TOO. HAVE YOU WONDER WHY THE UN HASN’T GONE INTO THIS COUNTRY LONG AGO, IT’S PRETTY STRANGE, IF THE INDONESIANS ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING WRONG, THEN WHY ALSO THEY WON’T LET THE WORLD PRESS INTO WEST PAPUA EITHER. READ UP ON IT A LITTLE MORE ANDREW THOMPSON.
THANK YOU! ARTHUR BECAUSE ANDREW THOMPSON, IS STUCK ON “STUPID!”
Rubbish? More then 700,000 killed since 1962 is rubbish? Come on. And the UN? Ate you serious? They were there doing nothing when West Papua was handed over in 1969 under the so called Act of Free Choice where 1024 elders were forced at gunpoint to vote to be part of Indonesia. Australia and the US and the UN were all there doing nothing but watching because the US had geopolitical and economic interests in seeing West Papua remain a part of a military regime they controlled. East Timor was a annoying pain for Indonesia they gave that away.
THANK YOU! GARY JUFFA, I HOPE ANDREW THOMPSON READ WHAT YOU WROTE.
Australia can’t do shit because the United States has mining interests running the worlds largest gold mine and third largest copper mine out of West Papua.
Why do you think America hasn’t sent in the freedom bombs?
The Australian Free West Papua Party in Australia is raising hell about this although people have attack us and tried to deflect this we are committed to saying the words many will not West Papua has already declare freedom and their independence and are being slowly exterminated by the Indonesian military covered up by the Indonesian and Australian governments
Time to expose this extermination of a first nation people Pure Evil
Foreign Affairs Spokesperson for the Free West Papua Australia
THANK YOU! ANTHONY CRAIG, IT’S JUST THAT, AND I HOPE ANDREW THOMPSON READ WHAT YOU WROTE.
Australia’s largest shame!!
izin share yaa.
yang saya tahu orang Irian adalah bangsa Indonesia.
Mereka berbahasa Indonesia dan mencintai Indonesia.
Orang IrianJaya merdeka. Mereka sering berkunjung ke Jakarta.
Dan saya berteman baik dengan beberapa orang IrianJaya. Mereka sudah maju. Mereka sudah berpendidikan tinggi. Salah satu teman saya menyelesai studi S3 di Amerika dan sekarang mengajar di Universitas Cendrawasih.
Kita harus melihat lebih jauh untuk menilai yang sebenarnya.
Kami bangsa Indonesia saling mencintai.
Same happened in East Timor!!!
Our government should be ashamed that they support Indonesia and they teach their Military to fight.
A clarification. The black and white photograph of a tribal warrior leading an aussie soldier is actually of a Papua New Guinean from the Northern Province and NOT a West Papuan.
Please Watch click link below to know about situation in West Papua under Indonesia Rule. As West Papua young Generation we still fight for freedom from Indonesia colonialism. Big Big Big Thanks for ANONYMOUS for share information about us.http://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/play/10457/West-Papua—The-Secret-War-in-Asia
Unfortunately if you complain about something to the aust govt they either ignore you or give you a lame excuse, i remember a team of journalist that went to east timor, even though indonesia at the time wouldnt admit they killed them, to cover the indonesian take over but not a great deal was said about the incident.