West Papua

Asian left and workers' groups support Freeport workers

[Freeport mine workers on strike.]
December 22, 2011 -- The statement below was released by a range of Asian left and workers' organisations on December 11.
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Workers at the Freeport-McMoRan Grasberg mine in West Papua are striking for a wage increase.
The strike started on September 15 and it involves nearly 12,000 workers. It was called after the negotiation between the union and the management went into deadlock.

West Papua: Freeport workers continue strike - solidarity needed

Workers at the Grasberg mine in West Papua have been harrassed and attacked by Freeport management since they began their strike for wage increases in September.
Australia Asia Worker Links report: Workers at the huge copper and gold mine in West Papua have announced that the strike will be extended till 15 December.

Papua New Guinea: Landowners resist illegal logging


By Ash Pemberton, Green Left Weekly
November 13, 2011 -- The role of notorious Malaysian-owned logging company Rimbunan Hijau (RH) is in the spotlight after Greenpeace activists blockaded one of its ships in Papua New Guinea on October 24.
Greenpeace was supporting about 200 local landowners from West Pomio, in New Britain, who were protesting against what they say was illegal logging by RH, AAP said on October 24.

New decree bans Fiji workers’ rights to collective bargaining

[Fijian Trades Union Congress President Daniel Urai.]
November 9, 2011 -- The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) released the following statement on November 9.
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The rights of Fijian workers have deteriorated further following the start of a draconian decree that effectively bans collective bargaining.

WikiLeaks reveals West's complicity in Papuan bloodshed

[West Papuan rally for self-determination in August.]
By Ash Pemberton, Green Left Weekly
November 5, 2011 -- Strike action by thousands of workers at the notorious Grasberg gold and copper mine in West Papua since September 15 has brought operations to a halt, despite attempts to stop the strike.
The mine is the largest and most profitable in territory controlled by Indonesia and has a long association with human rights abuses. It is owned by US mining giant Freeport-McMoRan and British-Australian company Rio Tinto.

Increasing tension in West Papua - AWPA statement


[Prisoners are led away from the Third Papuan People's Congress. Photo: Reuters.]
Statement by the Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)
October 26, 2011 -- In light of the dangerously deteriorating situation in West Papua AWPA has again written to the Foreign minister (letter below) urging him to use your good offices with the Indonesian Government to call for the halt to any (or proposed) military operations in West Papua as a way of avoiding further escalation of the situation and avoiding further bloodshed.

West Papua: Army starts fresh crackdown on freedom movement

[Indonesian troops prepare for the crackdown against Papuans taking part in the Third Papuan People's Congress. Photo: West Papua Media.]
By Ash Pemberton, Green Left Weekly
October 23, 2011 -- Indonesian army forces brutally attacked the Papuan national conference in Abepura on October 19. The conference was attended by up to 20,000 people discussing West Papua's struggle for independence from Indonesia.

West Papua: Military report confirms desire for freedom

By Ash Pemberton, Green Left Weekly
August 21, 2011 -- A leaked report from the notorious Indonesian special forces unit Kopassus detailing information about the West Papuan independence movement has drawn attention to Indonesia's brutal occupation of the region.
The report is titled “Anatomy of Papuan Separatists” and is believed to have been written in 2009. It profiles opponents of Indonesian rule, including political activists and guerilla fighters.

AWPA: Time to rethink ties with Kopassus.

Statement by the Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)
August 16, 2011 -- In light of the leaked Kopassus documents AWPA is calling on the Australian Government to rethink its policy of ties between the Australian military and the Indonesian Special Force Group, Kopassus. The leaked documents show lists of West Papuans who are supposed to be supporting separatism when in reality they are members of civil society organisations concerned about the human rights situation and the welfare of the people of West Papua.

West Papua: Fresh protests for freedom

By Ash Pemberton, Green Left Weekly
August 7, 2011 -- Thousands of West Papuans rallied for independence on August 2, despite attempts by the Indonesian government to scare people away.
About 10,000 people protested across Indonesian-occupied West Papua, Radio Australia's Pacific Beat said on August 3.
They demanded a referendum on independence from Indonesia.