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LP3BH Statement: Human Rights Violations in Papua are becoming more widely known

October 29, 2013

A report issued earlier this week by the Asian Human Rights Commission about the violation of human rights in the central highlands of West Papua in 1977 -1978 bears the title: ‘ The Forgotten Genocide’and is the result of 3 years research. It describes the mass killings which resulted from the appalling shooting from the air and bombing in the vicinity of the Balim Valley during 1977. This operation was conducted by the TNI (Indonesian Army) based in Manuhua- Biak using OV-10 Broncos manufactured in the USA. The planes were flown by TNI personnel . Iroquis helicopters manufactured in Australia were used in the central Highlands

The ferocity of these operations is the daily practice of the Indonesian military who treat Papuans like animals, using implements like razors, people being thrown down wells, dumped in rivers, being forced to eat the faeces of the soldiers and whose bodies are were then buried in mass graves. They were then burnt or buried alive.

Papuan women were raped, their sexual organs desecrated and their vaginas pulled from their bodies. The penises of some of the male victims were slashed and then thrust into their mouths. Some witnesses saw Indonesian soldiers shooting many Papuans dead and even burning young children.

The information by the Asian Human Rights Commission and the ICP are the same as information in the Report on Grave Human Rights Violations about the activities of the Indonesian military after the referendum that was held in Timor Leste.

CAVR, the report of the Commission on Acceptance, Truth and Reconciliation in Timor Leste, included information on human rights violations such as massacres and enforced disappearances, evictions, mass starvation, torture and actions in violation of the rules of war, as well as rapes and sexual enslavement and other kinds of sexual crime, along with violations against children and political, economic and social crimes.

The LP3BH has data about the brutal violence of the military in 1965 and 1966 in Manokwari, Sorong, Biak, Wasior and Nabire which have been described as human rights violations in Articles 7, 8 and 9 Of Law 9/2000 on Basic Human Rights Courts.

In view of all this, the LP3BH calls on the Evangelical Church in the Land of Papua and the Alliance of Baptist Churches in Papua as well as other Christian churches and also the Muslim Council in Papua to play an active part in efforts to expose the violations systematically perpetrated by the Indonesian military in Papua since 1963.

These are very serious matters which should be conveyed to the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly of the United Nations. This should also be placed on the agenda of the UN General Assembly at its meeting in 2014

LP3BH- Manokwari, 25 October 2014


Yan Christian Warinussy

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