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WPRA: “Happy 44th Birthday Papua New Guinea!”

The West Papua Revolutionary Army (WPRA), from the Central Defense Headquarters, the Secretary-General Gen. WPRA Amunggut Tabi says

“Happy 44th Birthday Papua New Guinea!”

Wishing you a happy Independence Day

As we celebrate our political independence 44 years ago, let us look forward at least 44 years from now, how far we have come, and have far we have to go from here:

  1. To free Melanesians in the Isle of New Guinea politically;
  2. To free Melanesians in the Isle of New Guinea socially;
  3. To free Melanesians in the Isle of New Guinea culturally;
  4. To free Melanesians in the Isle of New Guinea technologically;
  5. To free Melanesians in the Isle of New Guinea scientifically;
  6. To free Melanesians in the Isle of New Guinea spiritually, mentally and emotionally; and
  7. To free Melanesians in the Isle of New Guinea economically.

While celebrating our political independence, we are reminded of our job to free our Melanesian countries and our Melanesian people in other aspects of lives, until finally all Melanesians are free, and all Melanesia is free, in all aspects of life, at all levels of life.

From the Central Headquarters of the WPRA, an affiliate Command of the West Papua Army (WPA), I, the Secretary-General of the WPRA, hereby would like to invite Melanesians in Papua New Guinea to finish our job to free New Guinea from any kinds, forms and levels of colonialism on our Island.

Let us raise up beyond fear, as Hon. Powed Parkop, MP has invited us to to so. Let us come out bringing solutions to all big powers in the world, to Indonesians and to Melanesians, that West Papua independence is part of the independence of all parties. West Papua independence is not a problem, but it is a solution for all parties, and particularly for us living on this beautiful, peaceful, healthy Island of New Guinea.

Issued at: The Central HQs of the WPRA
On Date: September 16th, 2019
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Respectfully Yours,

Amunggut Tabi, Gen. WPRA
BRN: A.DF 018676

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May 1st Declaration of the Formation of West Papua Army (WPA)

The ULMWP Announced the formation of WPA on July 1st, 2019

Be known to the world that a United Military Command for a Free and independent Nation-State of the Republic of West Papua has been form on May 1, 2019 that we call the May 1 Declaration of West Papuan Peoples.

— Oscar Wilde.

This announcement was made by the Spokesperson of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) Dr. Jacob Rumbiak in Australia.

West Papua Army was formed after a series of Extraordinary Summits held among the High Ranking Officials of the West Papua Revolutionary Army (WPRA), the armed wing of Free West Papua Campaign, West Papua National Liberation Army – Tentara Pembebasan Nasional Papua Barat (TPN PB) – Organisasi Papua Merdeka (OPM) and West Papua National Army – Tentara Nasoinal Papua Barat (TNPB) of the Federal Republic of West Papua.

The Summit was held at Yako Village, nearby Vanimo Town, Sandaun or West Sepik Province of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea.

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General WPRA Mathias Wenda Congratulates Hon. Benny Wenda and Thanks the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain

WPRA Secretariat-General

News Release

Embargoed for Release until Wednesday, July 17th, 2019, at 5 p.m., PGT (GMT+10)

General WPRA Mathias Wenda Congratulates Hon. Benny Wenda and Thanks the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain

Chief General Mathias Wenda, the Commander of the West Papua Revolutionary Army (WPRA) as the father of Mr. Benny Wenda and as one of the elders of Lani Koteka Tribes General Wenda expresses thanks and deep appreciation to the Mayor of Oxford City and the Councillors of the Oxford City as well as Her Majesty’s Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

As the Secretary-General Koteka Tribal Assembly or Dewan Musyawarah Masyarakat Adat Koteka – DeMMAK) and the Chair of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Honourable Benny Wenda has been awarded “The Freedom of Oxford” symbolizing the recognition from the one of the oldest city councillors in the world that the cause of a free and independent West Papua is democratically justified, according to the universal human rights principles and should be supported by world powers.

Hon. Benny Wenda has been promoting human rights and self-determination of the West Papuan peoples though an international Supervised Vote in West Papua, supported by Parliamentarians in England, Europe, Melanesian countries and African-Caribbean countries.

Hon. Benny Wenda is envisioning a free and independent Republic West Papua applying what his previous Freedom of Oxford City Award Winner, the Late Nelson Mandela’s Tribal Model of Democracy where the principal leaders are guiding the people from behind the crowd, not leading in front.

Issued in:             Central Headquarters of West Papua Revolutionary Army
On Date:              July 17th, 2019, at 4 p.m. UTC+10
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Secretary-General

Signed

Gen. Amunggut Tabi
BRN: A.DF 018676
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Chief Gen. WPA Mathias Wenda: Syukur Bagimu! Tuhan untuk UUDS NRWP

Tentara West Papua (West Papua Army)

Syukur bagi-Mu Tuhan!

Upacara Ucapan Syukur dan Peresmian MPP WPA

Pada hari ini, dari Markas Pusat Pertahanan Tentara West Papua (West Papua Army), Panglima Komando WPA Chief General Mathias Wenda, dengan ini menaikkan pujian hormat bagi nama Allah Bapa, Allah Anak dan Allah Roh Kudus atas campur-tangan Allah dalam perjuangan bangsa Papua untuk melepaskan diri dari belenggu kaki-tangan iblis bernama: Indonesia (Negara Kafir Republik Indonesia – NKRI).

Menyambut mujizat karya Allah yang telah nyata lewat pengesahan Undang-Undang Dasar Sementara Negara Republik West Pada pukul 3.00 AM (dinihari) tanggal 18 Oktober 2020 bertempat di tempat Sidang Komite Legislatif ULMWP (United Liberation Movement for West Papua), Port Numbay, West Papua, maka pada hari ini diselenggarakan:
Acara: Pengucapan Syukur atas Pengesahan UUDS NRWP
Tempat: Markas Pusat Pertahanan WPA
Ketiatan: 1. Ibadah Syukur
2. Pidato Panglima WPA Chief Gen. Mathias Wenda
3. Tarian Adat Papua

Selaku Panglima Komando Tentara West Papua menyampaikan “SELAMAT” kepada bangsa Papua, dan kepada para pejuang Papua Merdeka, bahwa saat ini

  1. Tanah Papua,
  2. Orang Papua,
  3. Alam Papua,
  4. Roh Melanesia,
  5. Tumbuhan New Guinea,
  6. Benda-Benda Alam New Guinea, dan
  7. Bentang Alam New Guinea

di atas semuanya

  1. para pahlawan yang telah gugur di medan perjuangan, dan
  2. para anak-cucu yang akan lahir ke pulau New GUinea.

menaikkan hormat, puji-pujian dan kemuliaan bagi nama Allah Bapa, Allah Anak dan Allah Roh Kudus!

Biarlah semua makhluk bersyukur, memuji dan memuliakan Allah.
Biarlah bangsa Papua merayakan, menaikkan puji-pujian dan tari-tarian bagi Tritunggal Allah di dalam Tuhan Yesus Kristus, Panglima Revolsui Mahatinggi Semesta Alam sepanjang masa.
Biarlah bangsa Papua bergerak saat ini untuk memberkati bangsa-bangsa di manapun mereka berada.

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Dikeluarkan : Markas Pusat Pertahanan Tentara West Papua
Pada Tgl : 20 Oktober 2020

Panglima Komando Tentara West Papua

Signed

Mathias Wenda, Cheif.Gen. WPA
BRN. A DF 00107676

Three Poisons in Free West Papua Campaigns (2)

General WPRA Amunggut Tabi stated in one of the briefings to his troops at the Central Headquarters of West Papua Revolutionary Army (WPRA) at Yako Village, Papua New Guinea that there are three poisons that have destroyed our campaigns to free West Papua, namely egoism, gossiping, and fear.

We have discussed the first poison in previous article. Now we look into the second poison called “Nabok-Kabok”, which literally means, talking about you and at the same time talking about me. This is the first social poison, stems from the first personal poison: ego.

The second Poison is called “Nabok-Kabok” and “Nebi-Kebi”

In Lani language of West Papua we call “nabok-kabok” telling bad stories about other people.’meaning “gossiping”, talking about fellow human, and talking about others without any clear basis and facts, we just gossip around, baseless talk about other human beings. We spread hatred, suspicion and create tensions by spreading wrong or baseless information about other people and about what they are doing.

The Lani concept of “gossip” literally means I spread gossips about you and you also spread gossips about me. There is reciprocal dynamic, cause and effect, give and receive, natural act of balancing occurring automatically.

There is hatred in gossip and there is lie in gossip, both caused by “an-an”, the previous poison that we already discussed. Gossip is groundless, baseless information about something against someone. The purpose of gossiping is to undermine someone that were are gossiping about, and demean whatever they do and even whoever they are.

In addition to lie and hatred in gossiping, there is also an element of slander in gossiping, i.e, spreading false information about someone else or something. Most gossip contain slander, but there are also gossip that contain truth. The problem here is the purpose of gossiping, not on whether or not the information is true or false.

In Lani language, it is called “nabok-kabok“, which means psychologically, that when I am telling stories about others, I am also telling stories about myself to others. In other words, by gossiping, I am showing to others who I am. If I am telling bad stories about others in my gossip, then I am as bad as the gossip. If I am a dog, I will bark, I will not whistle. Just as simple as that. If I have a problem, I will always talk about problems.

Nabok-Kabok in Free West Papua Campaign

There is no time to mention gossiping among West Papuan leaders, activists and organisations that has been happening along our independence struggle, but we want to focus on what is happening right now, per October 2020.

  1. There is gossip from the ULMWP that Octovianus Motte does not like and does not accept Benny Wenda as the chair of the ULMWP Executives, and therefore, he is creating and organising other groups against the ULMWP in general and Benny Wenda.
  2. There is gossip that Indonesia is using TPN PB OPM to destroy ULMWP and Free West Papua Campaign, and at the same time, TPN PB OPM also blame that ULMWP is an Indonesian sponsored organisation that aims at stopping West Papua from gaining independence.
  3. There is gossip that West Papua Army is an Indonesian sponsored military command, and at the same time all commanders who joined the West Papua Army blame the TPN PB OPM as fully funded by the Indonesian BIN and Kopassus.
  4. There is gossip that the “14-Stars Group” or NRFPB is already in full control of the ULMWP and that at the end of the day a free and independent West Papua will not be The Republic of West Papua but it will be The Republic of West Melanesia.
  5. There is also gossip that Buktar Tabuni and Lukas Enembe already signed agreement in order to accept dialogue to be conducted between Indonesia and Jakarta.
  6. There is gossip that Jeffry Bomanak is fully paid by Indonesia, he gets his salaries from Indonesian consulate in Vanimo and Port Moresby. Likewise there is also gossip that WPRA and WPA are fully paid by Indonesia through various business activities carried out in West Papua.
  7. There is gossip that Menase Tabuni dan Markus Haluk are paid by Indonesia inside the ULMWP in order to stop West Papua from gaining full independence.

The list can continue to hundreds and even thousands of gossips spreading around Melanesians in West Papua. We call all these “gossips”, and many of them contain slander or defamation

Defamation (also known as calumny, vilification, libel, slander or traducement) is the oral or written communication of a false statement about another that unjustly harms their reputation and usually constitutes a tort or crime.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defamation

“Nabok-Kabok” nen apuluk/ agaluk “Nebi-Kebi Endake”: Gossiping brings about Divisions

Free West Papua Campaign is full of slander, baseless and even false accusations that costed so many lives in the hands of fellow Melanesians. We have spent more time and energy spreading rumours and gossiping about each other than talking about Indonesia and what they are doing against our struggle.

Free West Papua Campaign without slander, rumours and gossiping will cost us less time, less energy, less money, and no lives.

Gossiping has divided us up. Gossiping has destroyed us personally and our groups. Gossiping has poisoned this holy and morally, democratically, legally and spiritually justifiable struggle.

Yes, the result of gossiping is division. And division is the goal of the Satan, Lucifer. As we recall the Biblical story, we see the Lucifer’s ambition to become the same as God has failed. His work to colonise human beings also failed because Jesus has died on the cross and has risen from the death, and has ascended to have, and have promised to come back to judge and throw him and his followers to hell, and take all believers to heaven.

Whenever there is gossiping, of course there is division. We recall the Biblical history. When Lucifer came to Eve, he started gossiping about God, by twisting some words from the Bible, which caused Eve to twist and then misinterpret the outcome of falling into the Devil’s trap. This gossiping aused deadliest separation between God and men. Human race fell into sin and became separated from God.

The Bible in Genesis 1:1-3 records the conversation between Eve and Lucifer as follows

Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field that the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?’ ”
2 The woman answered the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden,
3 but about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You must not eat of it or touch it, or you will die.’ ”…

<https://biblehub.com/genesis/3-2.htm&gt;

The question from Lucifer added “any tree” even though God only said “only one tree” that human should never eat. In reply, Eve said, “…you must not eat of it or touch it, or you will die”. God never said anything about touching it, He spoke about eating it. There are additions to the truth. This brought about sin. This brought about division between God and human race.

Exactly the same pattern operates today in our lives, particularly in our campaigns to Free West Papua. When we add ingredients to our cooking, then the taste of the food changes from its original pure taste into new taste, from united, loving and kindness in Jesus Christ, as fellow human beings and fellow Melanesians into division hatred and even threat to each other.

What a game we are in!

Psychologically, the basis for gossiping is still the same, “the ego”. We are in service to our own ego

And the outcome of gossiping is also the same “we fall into sin”, we commit sin, we become sinners. It divides us up, it indicates that we are not trustworthy, it shows that we are murderer, we have wickedness in our hearts, we are full of hatred against others.

And the outcome of gossiping is we exhaust our energy, we waste our energy and finally we reach nothing but hatred, division and failure.

  • Egocentric person or leader will be happy and will make gossiping as the his/ hear staple food.
  • Egocentric person or leader will be happy to see his competitor get nothing, his/ her opponent is kicked out or disliked or hated by others.
  • Egocentric person or leader will start his discussions by pointing problems and mistakes committed by his opponents or his potential competitor.

“Ego” is the source of slander and gossip. Ego is the mother of gossiping. Spreading unsubstantiated and false information about others serves the ego of the person spreading it, talking about it, and enjoying it.

In other words, anybody or any leader who are not egocentric will never spread rumours and engaged in gossiping about other leaders, fellow Independence fighters.

“Nabok-Kabok” is a Social Decease, Stems from Personal Poison Called “Ego”

It was mentioned before that “gossiping” is a poison, but it is actually a disease. “a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a specific location…” <https://languages.oup.com/google-dictionary-en/&gt;

The famous Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, “A disease is a particular abnormal condition that negatively affects the structure or function of all or part of an organism, and that is not due to any immediate external injury.” <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disease&gt;

“Nabok-Kabok” is a social decease, stems from poison number 1: the “ego”. It is a personal poison, that produces a social poison called “nabok-kabok”.

The outcome of this disease creates a new poison called “slander, rumours and gossip”. So gossip become poison when the people who gossip become addicted to it, and then become used to gossiping, and finally they “enjoy gossiping”.

“Nabok-Kabok” Creates “Nabi-Kebi” as is the Deadliest Social Poison in a Struggle for Collective Cause

As stated above, Lucifer crated gossip about what God has said about fruits in the Garden. Even also said something in addition to what God really said. This turns and shifting from truth into gossip created division between God and human. The same formula applies to human lives. When we spread rumours, create slanders, start gossiping each other, we are creating a social disease called “division”.

The term “nebi-kebi” in Lani language means, I do not like you and you do not like me, I hate you and you hate me. This creates what Indonesians called “musuh dalam kelambu”, i.e., enemies in our own sleeping nets.

“Nebik-Kebi” comes from the Seed called “Ego”, through the root called “Fear”, into the Stem Called “Nabok-Kabok” that BRINGS ABOUT “DEath”

That is the “death” of human beings, the death of a struggle, death of the collective mission and efforts. Death to the mission, death to the vision, death to the collective struggle, and even death to the persons gossiping.

The cause and effect continues, “nebi-kebi” causes hatred and other destructive and deadly minds, rhetoric and actions. “Nebi-kebi” can cause killing each other among fellow independence fighters.

Now is YOUR JOB Readers

  1. Notice when Benny Wenda speaks to you and make a public statement about anything or anybody
  2. Notice when Octovianus Motte speaks to you and make a public statement about anything or anybody
  3. Notice when Chief Gen. WPRA Mathias Wenda speaks to you and make a public statement about anything or anybody
  4. Notice when Jeffry Pagawak speaks to you and make a public statement about anything or anybody
  5. Notice when Victor Yeimo speaks to you and make a public statement about anything or anybody
  6. Notice when Sebby Sambom speaks to you and make a public statement about anything or anybody
  7. Notice when Egianus Kogeya speaks to you and make a public statement about anything or anybody
  8. Notice when Nggoliar Tabuni speaks to you and make a public statement about anything or anybody
  9. Notice when Buktar Tabuni speaks to you and make a public statement about anything or anybody
  10. Notice when any leader speaks to you and make a public statement about anything or anybody

Pay close attention to their choice of words, their attention, their gestures or their logic. Look at what they say,

  • Are they really talking against Indonesia?
  • Are they really talking to free West Papua?
  • Are they doing something else other than the above two?

This to avoid in this kind of exercise are as follows:

  1. Kill your personal and group ego first. If not you will find it hard to accept what is written here. If you find it hard, you must pray to God to forgive and to forget.
  2. Pray for forgiveness, forgive the person who is talking and ask for forgiveness for yourself.
  3. Focus on whether or not the speaker is talking about
    1. “to free West Papua”? or
    2. to fight againt Indonesia”? or
    3. to fight each other among Melanesians ourselves?

Last Note

  • What should be done with the poison of egocentric leader?
  • What should be done with the poison of egocentric military command?
  • What is the third poison?
  • What is the Biblical references to gossip, slander and spreading rumours?
  • What should be done with gossips, rumours and divisions already existing withing Melanesians from West Papua in this struggle for independence from Indonesian neo-colonial rule?

[…to be continued….]

Further Reading

Three Poisons in Free West Papua Campaigns (1)

General WPRA Amunggut Tabi stated in one of the briefings to his troops at the Central Headquarters of West Papua Revolutionary Army (WPRA) at Yako Village, Papua New Guinea that there are three poisons that have destroyed our campaigns to free West Papua, namely egoism, gossiping, and fear.

The first one is the Poison called “An-An”

In Lani language of West Papua it is called “An-an“, i.e., only me, nobody else. Let us remember two stories in the Bible One is the fall of the Lucifer as the Leader of all Praise and Worship before God. And the second is the fall of human race into sin.

Lucifer is the closest Angel to God of all angels. He said, “An Ala nda’ndak arikit!,” mbaregerak, which means he chose by himself, to become the same as God. He said, “I want to become the same as God!” This is called “an-an” or egocentric statement, egocentric ambition.

A second story of poisoning recorded the Bible can be found in Genesis Chapter 3. In the Garden of Eden, when Lucifer came to the first woman namely Eve and said.

5“For God knows that in the day you eat of it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”…

Lucifer implanted the same egocentric disease of “becoming the same as God” from himself to human race. And this poison made Eve fall into sin and she ate the fruit. The story continues, Adam also wanted to become “God” and that was why he also ate the fruit.

This poison of “wanting to become God” is with us all human beings. Psychologically, it is called “ego”. This is why books have been written on how to control, how to address and even how to defeat the self ego before defeating the enemy outside. Ego is seen as the enemy of the self.

Gen. Tabi said egocentric leaders would think the following:

  1. There is nobody else that can do best to free West Papua. Only myself that can free West Papua.
  2. I do not trust anybody else, they are incapable to free West Papua. I am suspicious of those others being paid and used by Indonesia. I only trust myself, therefore, I am the only best person to free West Papua.
  3. This is my effort, my work, my own idea, my concept, my property, therefore, I must be the leader, the commander, the chairman, the president, nobody else to take up this position, because I am the one who brought this struggle to this level of achievements.’
  4. I am the only person in or from West Papua that is capable of doing things I am doing. Nothing will happen like this without me.

With these mindset, they wil say like this in public

  1. I am the Commander in Chief, and I am the only one, nobody else, will free West Papua;
  2. I am the Chair of the ULMWP, and I am the only one, nobody else, will free West Papua; if you replace me, you will not be free from colonialism, so propose whatever arguments to make me be in this position.
  3. We are the only organisation that is capable of freeing West Papua, therefore, any organisation or groups that campaign for West Papua independence must join. Those who do not join us must be wiped out.

Ego is aPosion

Listen, I did not say this is a virus. I did not say this as a disease. But I said, this is a poison. Do you know what poison does?

Here is what Wikipedia, the Free Online Encyclopedia says about poison:

The term “poison” is often used colloquially to describe any harmful substance—particularly corrosive substances, carcinogens, mutagens, teratogens and harmful pollutants, and to exaggerate the dangers of chemicals. …

Similarly, Britanica.com definis poison as follows

Poison, in biochemistry, a substance, natural or synthetic, that causes damage to living tissues and has an injurious or fatal effect on the body, whether it is ingested, inhaled, or absorbed or injected through the skin.

Egocentric is a harmful substance in a collective struggle for collective goal such as Free West Papua Campaign. When everybody within the struggle are strongly attached to the struggle, then it becomes so personal, so egocentric and thus so destructive.

It is a “bio” and “chemistry”, it exists in living being, (bio) and it is chemical.It causes damage to living tissues. Egocentric individuals, egocentric leaders are poisonous. They destroy living tissues in a struggle.

A strong ego is important for self-confidence and strong leadership, but too much egoism is a poison.

Now, look inside you

Look at the military commanders in West Papua, look at the chair of the leaders within Free West Papua Campaign such as

  1. The Leader of the Parliament,
  2. The Leader of the ULMWP Exectutives,
  3. The Leader of the OPM,
  4. The President/ Prime Minister of the NRFPB,
  5. the Chair/ Leaders of the KNPB, and others.

If you are one of those who do not want to follow the constitution of your organisations and want to prolong your leadership term, then you should acknowledge that you are egocentric leader.

Gen. Tabi continues,

If you are one of those who never change your position and always stay there for more than 10 years, then you are a poisonous fighter. And that egocentric leader is a poison in your your own struggle to free your country and people. The one defeating you is inside you, not outside you!.

So first, you attach every success and progress made so far in the history of West Papua independence movement to yourself, to the ego that is inside you.

And second, you, therefore, defend your ego as the “only one” that can finally free West Papua, and therefore, you want to become the chair, the spokesperson, the commander, the top leader for so long, over the your term. You make efforts to serve your egocentric leadership. Remember that by doing this, you become a poison in the overall movement.

  • What should be done with the poison of egocentric leader?
  • What should be done with the poison of egocentric military command?
  • What are the second and third poisons?

[…to be continued….]

“West Papua Constitution Must be in Effect before Special Autonomy Law Ends”, says Gen. Tabi

Gen. WPRA Amunggut Tabi from Central Defence Headquarters of West Papua Army says the Provisional Constitution of the Republic of West Papua must be ready towards the end of the Special Autonomy Law and before Indonesia legalizes the Special Autonomy Law III from January 1, 2121.

Special Autonomy Law I began on 1 May 1963, when the United Nations Temporary Executive Authority (UNTEA) handed over West Irian to Indonesia and Indonesia promised the United Nations and the Netherlands that Indonesia will build West Papua within 25 years, then Indonesia will allow a referendum for self-determination be conducted.

This law ended 14 December 1988, this was why Dr. Thomas Wapai Wainggai proclaimed the Independence of West Papua Country.

Special Autonomy II started on 1 December 2001, based on UU Otsus No. 21/2001 which was legalised in November 2001 by Megawati Sukarnoputri. This special autonomy law is effective for 20 years, therefore, it will end this year (2020).

Special Autonomy III will begin from 2021.

This is why West Papua Indepdendence movement organisation such as TPN PB OPM under Jeffry Bomanak or ULMWP under Benny Wenda must make sure that West Papua has a formal constitution, recognized and accepted by many parties in West Papua and the people of West PApua in order to apply into the region of the Republic of West Papua.

When asked about his position on Jeffry Bomanak, Gen. Tabi says it is not time anymore to talk about differences within West Papuan people.

We have wasted to a lot of valuable time in thinking and talking about internal frictions and this make us have no energy and no time to even think about how to fight Indonesian, let alone the actual fighting,

All Melanesians in West Papua are now focusing on Special Autonomy Law and West Papua independence. We are all one One People – One Soul, we are only different in approaches and methods to gain independence, but the people and the goal or soul just one and the same for all of us

Only Indonesia and her supporters want to call this differences as factionalism and internal conflicts.

says Tabi.

He emphasizes that ULMWP or OPM must have a clear, legitimate, publicly recognized constitution for West Papua, clear and legitimate government established based on this constitution and announce this to the world. This constitution and government should go international and seek recognition from global community.

Tabi says, “This is the only way forward on the table. No more bloodshed, no more bloody conflicts. We want to resolve problems in a civilized manner”.

Asked about the statement from former Vice-President of Indonesia that wants to hold dialogues with all parties in West Papua, Gen. Tabi says he has no capacity and no duty to talk anything political. He proposes MELANESIA.news to ask Benny Wenda or Jeffery Bomanak.

When MELANESIA.news asked Gen. Tabi whether or not he is happy with what the ULMWP is doing with West Papua Army (WPA), he says, “Surely my Commander-in-Chief, Gen. WPRA Mathias Wenda is not so happy. I am so unhappy. Almost all military commands in West Papua are unhappy.”

Asked whether or not WPA will approach TPN PB OPM under Jeffry Bomay, Gen. Tabi says no answer this far, but at least all commands campaigning for West Papua independence have one ancestral line, one nation, one goal: to free West Papua from colonialism.

–ends–

Gen. WPRA Amunggut Tabi: Why Does the ULMWP Let West Papua Army with No Commander for over 12 Months?

Gen. WPRA Amunggut Tabi has questioned the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULWMP) for not announcing the Commander in Chief of the military command that has been formed almost two years ago in the WPRA (West Papua Revolutionary Army) Headquarters in Yako Village, Sandaun Province, the independent State of Papua New Guinea.

He says the delay in announcing the commander in chief has shown to the world that the ULMWP is playing with the suffering and struggles of all Melanesians in West Papua.

Melanesians in West Papua are being terrorized, oppressed, imprisoned and arrested arbitrarily, and even killed, almost on the daily basis. West Papua Army should be responsible to organize guerrilla warfare against the human rights violations in West Papua, but it has been paralyzed and imprisoned, cannot do anything other than waiting for the ULMWP to announce the commander-in-chief and organisational structure with the constitution that legalizes and protects its military campaigns.

Gen. Tabi argues that if the ULMWP believes that military campaign is important for any independence movement in the world, then it would have announced the commander right on the spot, when they were holding the meeting. But they are playing politics, that is why it is taking more than 12 months to announce it.

After the ULMWP Summit for military wing, the ULMWP announced to the world that a military wing was formed from various military commands and united under the ULMWP However it never announced the commander of the united military command.

Why?

There are three possible answers:

  1. Answer number one : the ULMWP does not believe military campaign will solve the problem. It focuses more on political campaign and by diplomacy only Indonesia will end its control over West Papua. ULMWP believes that only by becoming the MSG member, by pushing the MSG and PIF leaders that will allow Indonesia to surrender.
  2. Answer number two: the ULMWP does not know what to do with the outcome of the Summit almost two years ago. The ULMWP does not understand how important it is to make the military command and military commander clear, because West Papua is still struggling for independence.
  3. Answer number three: the Indonesian secret agents have infiltrated into the ULMWP and the ULMWP is now under full control of the Indonesian agents.

There are many more possible answers, but Gen. Tabi says these three possible answers can help us to act or react as we progress from time to time.

We must stop thinking that ULMWP will finally free West Papua. From what it is doing so far, one can easily raise suspicion on its conduct. Only God is the omnipotent that can free us from any kinds and forms of colonialism, Jesus is the Only Peson on earth that says “I am the Way, I am the Truth and I am the Life”, He is the Most High Revolutionary Commander of all times, only the Holy Spirit has the power and can change the history on earth.We must pray more, surrender more and more to God.

West Papua Revolutionary Army is waiting to see if the ULMWP is serious about a free and independent West Papua, whether or not the ULMWP regards military command and military structure is crucial in an independent campaign against mighty militaristic government of Indonesia. If not, the Commander in Chief of the WPRA, Gen. WPRA Mathias Wenda is ready to take control of the overall independence movement.

Probe urged into death of priest in Papua

Australian Associated Press

An Indonesian church group has urged President Joko Widodo to order an independent investigation into the killing of a priest in the rebellious Papua province.

Local church leaders said Yeremia Zanambani was shot dead by Indonesian soldiers who were hunting separatist rebels in Intan Jaya district on Saturday, but police and the military said he was killed by insurgents.

“It is not easy for us to get to the bottom of this,” said the Communion of Churches in Indonesia in a letter to Joko, a copy of which was received by dpa.

“To avoid accusations and counteraccusations, we suggest that an independent fact-finding body be formed,” it said.

The Indonesian Gospel Tabernacle Church in Papua said Zanambani, a priest and theologian by training, was shot by government soldiers while tending to pigs on his farm.

Papua police spokesman Ahmad Kamal confirmed the killing but said the perpetrators were what he called “the armed criminal group,” referring to the rebels.

Last week, two soldiers and another civilian were killed in separate attacks, police said.

The West Papua National Liberation Army, the armed wing of the separatist movement, claimed responsibility for the killings.

It said that the civilian was an informant for security authorities.

Papua has been the scene of a low-level separatist insurgency since the 1960s.

Clashes between separatist rebels and government security forces have intensified after insurgents killed 31 workers who were building a road in Nduga district in December 2018.

Papua Police name 13 suspects for deadly Wamena unrest

Papua Police name 13 suspects for deadly Wamena unrest – National – The Jakarta Post

The Papua Police have named 13 people suspects for allegedly having been behind the recent deadly unrest in Wamena, Jayawijaya regency, which caused tens of thousands of residents to flee their homes.

Ten suspects, whose ages range from 16 to 40 years, were already in the custody, while the remaining three are still at large and being hunted by the police, Papua Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. AM Kamal said on Monday.

“The three wanted [suspects] are categorized as provocateurs and are allegedly involved in the KNPB [National Committee of West Papua] and the ULMWP [United Liberation Movement for West Papua],” Kamal said as quoted by kompas.com.

The Indonesian government has blamed both the ULMWP, led by UK-based Papuan exile Benny Wenda, and the affiliated KNPB for orchestrating the unrest that broke out on Sept. 23.

Police investigators claimed they found indications the three were involved with the groups after collecting the testimony of the arrested suspects and witnesses, he said.

Wamena saw violent unrest on Sept. 23 as a mob, reportedly of native Papuans, set hundreds of buildings, including shophouses and government offices, and cars on fire and attacked other residents with weapons.

The turmoil, which the government estimated to have caused material losses amounting to Rp 479.5 billion (US$33.8 million), claimed the lives of at least 33 people, most of whom were non-native Papuans, and injured at least 76 others, according to authorities.

As of Sunday, about 1,726 residents were still staying at a number of evacuation sites, while another 15,544 had left Wamena for other cities across the country after the riots, the Social Ministry said.

Kamal said the police would possibly name more suspects. (gis)

Papua Police name 13 suspects for deadly Wamena unrest – National – The Jakarta Post

Call for Jihadis to go to West Papua following unrest

Johnny Blades, RNZ Pacific Journalistjohnny.blades@rnz.co.nz

Indonesia's Front Jihad Islam looks to recruit jihadis to take up arms in West Papua Photo: Supplied
Indonesia’s Front Jihad Islam looks to recruit jihadis to take up arms in West Papua Photo: Supplied

Jihadis are being encouraged to go and fight in West Papua by Indonesian Muslim hardliners.

Front Jihad Islam, or FJI, issued a call to arms in the Indonesia-ruled Papuan provinces after non-Papuan settlers were among the victims of recent violence there.

Unrest has surged in Papua region since August, including a day of rioting and violence in the Highlands city of Wamena two weeks ago when about 30 people were killed.

The unrest came off the back of widespread public demonstrations by West Papuans protesting against racism and calling for a referendum on independence from Indonesia.

According to Indonesia’s government, more than 11,500 people have been evacuated from Wamena since then due to safety fears. That many of these people are settlers from other parts of Indonesia has caused concern and prompted action back in Java.

FJI has been busy spreading its message online, replete with videoed torching of the Papuan Morning Star Flag and banners calling for Jihadis to be recruited for fighting in Papua against Papuans.

That’s a concern to Saiful Islam Payage, the head of Papua’s chapter of the Ulema Council, Indonesia’s top Muslim clerical body.

“I am very worried. So, I strongly forbid the Laskar who are in the name of religion for war or jihad in Papua,” he said.

He said that for now, there were only demonstrations in Java, and that no mobilisation of jihadis had yet occurred in the Papuan provinces. But he warned that if hardliners sought to bring their brand of divisiveness to Papua, he would have them expelled.

Indonesia's Front Jihad Islam looks to recruit jihadis to take up arms in Papua Photo: Supplied
Indonesia’s Front Jihad Islam looks to recruit jihadis to take up arms in Papua Photo: Supplied

Indonesian human rights researcher Andreas Harsono said that following recent violence in Wamena, a number of Islamic groups mobilised in Javanese cities.

Those organisations had been making two types of public calls – one, from a Muslim NGO network, was urging people to donate to humanitarian assistance for victims of the unrest in Wamena and other parts of Papua.

The other, from the likes of the FJI and the Islamic Defenders Front, was a call to recruit jihadis to go to Papua and protect fellow Muslims.

According to Mr Harsono, his concern stems from the way that most Indonesians have limited knowledge of the situation in Papua and the context of widespread human rights abuses there.

“Most victims are indigenous Papuans. Many Indonesians do not know the problems there,” he said.

“But because of emotions, because of sentiment, Muslim sentiment, they might think that fellow Muslims are being victimised in Papua. Thus, they will provide the ingredients to support these kind of misleading calls.”

While noting his concern, the researcher also said that he didn’t deem the threat as major currently because as yet no cleric of significant influence had called for jihadis in Papua.

Furthermore, Mr Harsono said that Indonesian military and police personnel were on hand to provide security in Wamena and other towns in a region where the population was predominantly Christian.

While Papua has generally enjoyed harmonious inter-religious relations, Mr Harsono said groups aggressively promoting sharia law already had a foothold in the region.

“We have one in Sorong; we are also seeing Laskar Jihad, a militant Muslim group, setting up a base in Keerom; also in Wamena – not militant, but quite aggressive.

“So these kinds of organisations are starting to appear in many parts of both Papua and West Papua provinces over the last decade.”

The presence of hardline Islamic campaigners in Keerom regency, which sits right on the border with Papua New Guinea, is not the only security concern along the 141st meridian east.

Land and sea access points between the two countries were closed last weekafter two people died in a shootout near the border on the Indonesian side where there’s been a troop build-up.

The governor of PNG’s West Sepik province, Tony Wouwou, said fellow Melanesians on the other side looked to flee across the border to safety in PNG.

But he said having Indonesian military in pursuit of them brought risk for his people.

“I’m a bit scared. I’m worried if my people go across and you never know what could happen. They might get bullet wounds or something because the Indonesians might think we’re Wamenas [people from Wamena] and all this, and receive a wound, and maybe our people will retaliate or something. I don’t want that to happen.”

He said the border entry point to Indonesia should remain closed until security threats abate.

Source: RNZ

Indonesian cleric suspect in Papua assault case

Indonesian element of Jihadis declare war on West Papuan, Melanesian Christians
Indonesian element of Jihadis declare war on West Papuan, Melanesian Christians

Indonesian police have named a firebrand Muslim cleric as a suspect in an assault case in Papua

The Jakarta Globe reported that Ja’far Umar Thalib is the former commander of the disbanded Islamist militant organisation Laskar Jihad.

Ja’far, a leading proponent of a puritanical form of Islam with a long history of involvement in sectarian conflict, runs an Islamic boarding school in Keerom district.

Police alleged Ja’far incited his followers to attack the house of a resident in Jayapura, 30 kilometers to the north.

The resident was reportedly confronted at around 5.30am by several sword-wielding people dressed in white.

The pretext for the alleged attack was that he played music too loud and that it disrupted morning prayers at a nearby mosque.

The local chapter of Indonesia’s top Muslim clerical body, the Indonesian Ulema Council, previously warned that Ja’far and his followers could disrupt delicate religious harmony in Papua.

Source: RNZ

West Papua unrest: Shootout prompts border closure

Land and sea access between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea has been closed after a shootout at the border.

This follows reports of an Indonesian troop build-up along the border from communities in PNG’s West Sepik province.

Indonesian-ruled West Papua has been gripped by weeks of protests and violent unrest which has left dozens of people dead.

Amid a security forces crackdown, concern has been raised in neighbouring PNG about another potential influx of West Papuan refugees

PNG’s Immigration and Citizenship Authority has advised that following a shootout the border is closed to nationals from both sides until further notice.

It said shopping at the Batas market, close to the border on the Indonesian side, as well as movement into the West Papuan capital Jayapura was “completely banned”.

Earlier this week, PNG’s EMTV reported villagers at Wutung on the PNG side of the border as saying school children were ordered to return home.

Usually, most land and sea cross-border movement occurs around Papua New Guinea’s north coast.

Source: RNZ

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