Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)
Media release- 30 June 2016
More intimidation of activists as anniversary of West Papuan independence declaration approaches
On the 1st July in 1971, West Papuan Independence was declared by the OPM.
Local media suarapapua.com reported that the Papua Student Alliance (AMP) central committee had issued a general call to
all the students and the people of Papua to commemorate the reading of the proclamation of independence of Papua.
In the article suarapapua.com also reported that the Papuan Police Chief, Inspector General of Police Paul Waterpauw had
issued a statement that on the 1 July 2016, the people of Papua should not commemorate the anniversary with the raising
of the Morning Star flag.
"We will prosecute anyone affirm raising the Morning Star flag. But we give tolerance when July 1 was celebrated with
the worship of gratitude, "said Waterpauw.
Although the West Papuan people have still to achieve their Independence, they have achieved great victories in the past
The formation of the umbrella organisation the ULMWP, leading to it being granted observer status at the Melanesian
Spearhead Group (MSG).
West Papua being put back on the agenda at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and the fact that West Papua is becoming an
Joe Collins of AWPA said, “as the 1st July approaches we again have the security forces trying to intimidate the West
Papuan people into not taking part in rallies celebrating days of significance in their history or in rallies bringing
attention to the injustice they suffer under Indonesian rule. Since the beginning of May over 3000 West Papuans have
been arrested in peaceful rallies throughout West Papua. Hopefully on the 1st of July there will be no repeat
performances of mass arrests of Papuans in any rallies that take place”.
To all the Papuan people, from Numbay to Merauke, from Sorong to Baliem (Star Mountains) and from Biak to the isle of
“With Gods help and blessing, we take this opportunity today to announce to you all that, today, 1 July 1971, the land
and people of Papua have been declared to be free and independent (de facto and de jure). May God be with us, and let it
be known to the world, that the sincere wish of the Papuan people to be free and independent in their own country is
Victoria, July 1st 1971
In the name of the people and government of West Papua
Seth J Rumkorem (Brigadier general)
(From Robin Osbourne’ book Indonesia’s Secret War 1985)