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OPM calls on global trade unions to blacklist Indonesian goods, services

May 21, 2023

OPM calls on global trade unions to blacklist Indonesian goods, services
By APR editor – May 22, 2023

Asia Pacific Report

On the eve of Papua New Guinea’s hosted Pacific meetings, Free Papua Organisation-OPM leader Jeffrey Bomanak has called for an international embargo on Indonesian goods and services in protest over what he calls Jakarta’s “unlawful military occupation” of West Papua.

Bomanak has also challenged US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to meet with him while visiting Port Moresby today to review “six decades of prima facie photographic evidence of Indonesia’s crimes against humanity”.

“My people have been in a war of liberation from Indonesia’s illegal invasion and annexation for six decades,” he said in a statement.

“Six decades of barbarity and callous international abandonment.”

He said the “theft” of West Papua and its natural resources with the alleged complicity of the US and Australian governments had been “well documented in countless books and journals”.

He described the ongoing human rights violations in West Papua as a “travesty of justice”.

“Indonesia will never leave West Papua without being pushed. We are waiting for an act of deliverance,” Bomanak said.

“To all unions and every unionist — help us reach our day of liberation.”

Both agreements for signing
Meanwhile, the PNG Post-Courier reports that Prime Minister James Marape confirmed last night that the Ship Rider Agreement and the Defence Cooperation Agreement would both be signed with the United States this afternoon.

US State Secretary Blinken would sign the agreements during his visit to PNG.

Marape said he did not see geopolitics being involved in the defence agreement. He was signing this agreement to protect the territorial borders from “all kinds of emerging threats”.

He said the agreement was only a defence force cooperation pact like it had with Australia and Indonesia.

Marape hosted dinner last night for all the leaders of the Pacific who had arrived earlier yesterday and on Saturday.

He said Pacific leaders would present their challenges to the world leaders — Blinken and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi — who would be coming for separate meetings.

2) Police arrest alleged leader of armed crime group in Highland Papua
9 hours ago

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The National Police (Polri) stated on Sunday that they have arrested a person with the initials KTH/PH, who is suspected of being one of the leaders of the armed criminal group (KKB) in Highland Papua.

According to Police Brigadier General Ahmad Ramadhan, the Head of the Public Information Bureau at Polri’s Public Relations Division, the person was arrested on Friday (May 19, 2023), at 1.30 p.m. local time.

KTH/PH was allegedly involved in several criminal activities perpetrated by the armed criminal group in Yahukimo, Highland Papua, he said.

He mentioned that the crimes in question include the murder of a military personnel on November 4, 2022, as well as shootings against the Yahukimo police force on November 29, 2022, which led to a police officer’s death.

"Additionally, there were shootings against the Prevention Task Force at the Mobile Brigade Corps on November 30, 2022, and against the Yahukimo Police Department on December 30, 2022," he said during a press conference followed in Jakarta.

Ramadhan stated that there were two pieces of evidence that led to KTH being named as a suspect in the shooting on November 30, 2022.

Currently, the suspect is being detained at the Papua Police headquarters, he pointed out.

KTH/PH was arrested following an investigation of AS, a suspect in the Mobile Brigade Corps shooting on November 30, 2022, who had been previously detained by the authorities.

"The investigation team, assisted by Yahukimo Police Department’s investigators, confirmed the suspect’s identity by showing a picture of KTH/PH to AS," he explained.

AS confirmed that the person in the picture was KTH/PH, a leader of KKB, he added.

Related news: Police raid alleged hideout of Papuan separatists, arrest 22
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Reporter: Fath Putra Mulya, Mecca Yumna
Editor: Anton

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