Press Release ..... West Papua ...... 16 October 2008
West Papuans in Melbourne at Indonesian Consulate to celebrate historic meeting of Parliamentarians for West Papua in
Britain's House of Commons
West Papuans meet today at the Indonesian Consulate in Melbourne to celebrate the historic meeting of international
parliamentarians in Britain's House of Commons yesterday.
The meeting was hosted by British politicians, the Hon. Andrew Smith, and the Rt Rev and Rt Hon. Lord Harries of
Politicians from the Pacific Island Forum participated, including PNG politician and Governor of Port Moresby, the Hon.
Powes Parkop, and Vanuatu's Hon. Carcasses Moana Kalosil MP.
Jacob Rumbiak, from the West Papua National Authority, said “this high-profile group of international parliamentarians
is promulgating self-determination for West Papua, not Special Autonomy”.
“We are here at the Consulate today, to tell the Indonesian and Australian governments to note the important distinction
these parliamentarians have made between Self-determination and Special Autonomy” he added.
Herman Wainggai, co-ordinator of Australia's 43 asylum seekers, is demanding the recall of four extra battalions (3.000
soldiers) sent to West Papua last week to block Papuan demonstrations on 15 and 16 October 2008.
He said “the Indonesian government should instead be releasing political civilians incarcerated in Jayapura, Wamena,
Manokwari, Fak-Fak, Serui, and Jakarta.”
“I am particularly worried about the six hundred people from Serui Island and Paniai who demonstrated yesterday against
Special Autonomy Regulation 77/2007 which incriminates those who raise our Morning Star flag” he added.
BREAKING NEWS>>>>>>> According to The Standard, Hong Kong 15/10/08, quoting local Police Chief
Rianto Jatmono in Nabire (West Papua) five Papuans were arrested on Wednesday morning for raising the Morning Star flag
in Nabire, and will be named suspects on charges of plotting against the state. Jakarta's Antara News mentioned the
flag-raising but not the arrests.