Papuan students in Bali commemorate 58 years since New York agreement

Radar Bali – August 15, 2020
AMP students commemorate New York agreement at Renon traffic circle in Bali – August 15, 2020 (Istimewa)

Denpasar – The Bali chapter of the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) held a protest action at the Renon traffic circle in the provincial capital of Denpasar on Saturday August 15 to commemorate 58 years since the 1962 New York agreement.

During the action, which was closely watched over by police, the protesters issued a political statement addressed to the regime of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin. The statement was also addressed to the Netherlands, the United States and the United Nations.

AMP Bali Chairperson Jeeno said that they were taking up 10 demands during the action.

First, they demanded to be given the freedom and right to self-determination as a democratic solution for the Papuan people.

Second they called on the Indonesian government immediately withdraw all organic and non-organic TNI (Indonesian military) and Indonesian police from the land of Papua as condition for peace.

Third, the closure of the Freeport gold-and-copper mine, the LNG Tangguh gas field operated by BP and the MNC Group LNG plant, which are the masterminds behind humanitarian crimes in the land of Papua.

Fourth, the United State must be held accountable for the colonialism and human rights violations against the West Papua nation.

Fifth, demilitarise Nduga regency and revoke Presidential Regulation Number 40/2013 which legalises the military’s involvement in the construction of the Trans-Papua highway.

Sixth, open access for international and domestic journalists to report on West Papua.

Seventh, give the West Papuan people the right to freedom of association, assembly and expression.

Eighth, the unconditional release of all West Papuan political prisoners.

Ninth, that they reject the extension of Special Autonomy.

And tenth, revoke the decision to expel four Khairun University students in Ternate, North Maluku, for their involvement in West Papuan protests.

“With this statement we call on all of the people of West Papua to unite and fight to win the ideals of national liberation. For the attention and support of all the Indonesian and West Papuan people, we express our thanks”, said Jeeno. (rb/mar/mus/JPR)

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was “Peringati Perjanjian New York, AMP Papua Serukan 10 Poin Tuntutan”.]