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Two West Papuans Missing From Melbourne

Published: Wed 26 Nov 2008 09:12 AM
Two West Papuans Missing From Melbourne
Two West Papuans of the 43 asylum-seeking group have been missing from Melbourne since last Saturday, and cannot be contacted.
Yunus Wainggai and his seven-year old daughter Anike are believed to be held in Sydney by an Australian woman they call 'Lisa Hobby'. Yesterday they telephoned a West Papuan woman who has been based in Canberra for twenty years, and asked to speak to their lawyer in Melbourne. However the woman has refused to reveal their telephone number or their whereabouts.
AWPA (Melb) informed ASIO a week ago of the disappearance of the high- profile refugees who are believed to be under the control of Indonesian intelligence agents in Australia. Members believe the disappearance is closely linked to Indonesian operations against the Wainggai family and independence supporters in West Papua, PNG, Vanuatu, and Australia.
AWPA (Melb) has been regularly updating Victoria Police and Australian Federal Police. “While our security agencies are probably working hard, we have put up a thousand posters in Sydney, and have opened a facebook group, so that people can report any sitings of Yunus and Anike” said Louise Byrne from the Australia West Papua Association.
Hannah Gobel and Yubel Kareni, two asylum-seekers who returned to Indonesia recently, have been paraded before television cameras across Indonesia. They have been used for propaganda purposes through the time of the Bali executions, saying they were treated very badly in Australia, and are believed to be under guard in West Papua. West Papuans were involuntarily and unwillingly incorporated into the Indonesian Republic in 1962 as part of an agreement between Holland and Indonesia under the auspices of the United Nations.
Anike Wainggai is an engaging intelligent little girl who famously 'high-fived' with Family First Senator Steve Fielding in 2006, bringing about the withdrawal of the Migration Amendment legislation and Prime Minister Howard's first defeat in parliament. She has a wide friendship group, and recently topped her class for 'computer studies'. She and her father have said they don't want to go back to Indonesia. Anike's mother who had to escape Indonesian intelligence after her husband and daughter landed in Australia, has been hoping for reunification with her family.
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