Memorandum to the United Nations

*Recognize the petition with 1.8 million signatures of West Papuans for a
free vote on self-determination*

*26 January 2018*

We, the undersigned organizations, urge the United Nations to accept and
recognize the West Papuan People’s Petition, bearing the signatures of 1.8
million West Papuans (estimated to be 70.88% of the West Papuan population)
with a demand for referendum on independence.

Representatives from the Socialist Party of Malaysia with the West Papua
national flag before submitting their memorandum. Photo: Socialist Party of

The West Papuan People’s Petition was launched on 5 April 2017 by the
United Liberation Movement for West Papua and ran until 29 July 2017. The
Indonesian government reacted by criminalising and banning this petition
across the whole country, and arresting people for signing it. West Papuan
deputy leader of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) in Timika, Yanto
Awerkion is currently still being detained by the Indonesian police, and is
facing charges of treason and 15 years in jail.

The West Papuan People’s Petition, which was banned in Indonesia, was
presented by Benny Wenda, an exiled West Papuan leader, to the United
Nations Special Committee on Decolonization on 26th September, 2017.
Unfortunately, the UN’s decolonization committee refused to accept the
petition and claimed that the issue of West Papua is not a matter for the

West Papua was formerly on the decolonization committee’s agenda – which
monitors progress towards decolonization and independent rule – but was
removed in 1963.

West Papua was colonized by the Netherlands before annexed by Indonesia in
1963. The annexation was formalized in 1969 through the unfree “Act of Free
Choice” referendum under Suharto dictatorship, when Indonesian military
handpicked 1,025 out of an estimated 800,000 West Papua populations then,
and compelled them into voting in favour of Indonesian annexation.

For almost half a century, an estimated 500,000 West Papuans have been
killed in their fight for self-rule. The people of West Papua have endured
decades of brutal oppression and culture of fear. The Indonesian military
and police have conducted systemic suppression against the West Papuans by
stirring up racial sentiments.

Hence, we call upon the United Nations:

*–       To accept and recognize the West Papuan People’s Petition which
was signed by 1.8 million West Papuans calling for a referendum on

*–       To include West Papua back on the list of UN’s Special Committee
on Decolonization to ensure their right to self-determination.*<

*–       To appoint a special representative to investigate human rights
abuses in West Papua.*

The right to freedom of information, freedom of expression, freedom of
association and freedom of thought for the West Papuan people must be
protected. To ensure the West Papuan people their right to
self-determination, we must put an end to the repression and racial
politics practiced by the Indonesian military and police against the people
of West Papua.

The above memorandum is endorsed by:

*1. Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)*

*2. Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (JERIT) *

*3. Pemuda PSM*

*4. Comunity Development Centre (CDC)*

*5. Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy*

*6. Amateur*

*7. Seksualiti Merdeka*

*8. Justice for Sisters*

*9. Transmen of Malaysia*

*10. QUASSA*

*11. Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor*

*12. Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM)*

*13. REFSA*

*14. Malaysia Treatment Access Advocacy Group+*

*15. Tindak Malaysia*

*16. Malaysian Indians Progressive Association (MIPAS)*

*17. Federation of Malaysian Indian Organisation (PRIMA)*

*18. Malaysian Youth Care Association (PRIHATIN)*

*19. Angkatan Warga Aman Malaysia (WargaAMAN)*

*20. Persatuan Rapat Malaysia (RAPAT)*

*21. Malaysian Indians Transformation Action Team (MITRA)*

*22. Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor*

*23. Tenaganita*

*24. Sisters In Islam*

*25. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)*

*26. Kumpulan Aktivis Mahasiwa Independen*

*27. Civil Rights Committee of KL Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall*

*28. Malaysian Students and Youth Movement (DEMA)*

*29. Ikatan Anak Tawau*

*30. Gerakan Menuntut Pendidikan Percuma (GMPP)*

*31. Socialist Alliance, Australia*

*32. Sedane Labour Resource Centre (LIPS), Indonesia*

*33. People’s Liberation Party (PPR), Indonesia*

*34. Indonesian People’s Front for West Papua*

*35. Partido Las ng Masa (PLM), Philippines*

*36. Partido Manggagawa, Philippines*

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