Meeting – Cancelled- 29th November.

November 28, 2016

The meeting for the 29th of November 2016, that we had advertised, has been cancelled.

Apologies for the short notice.

West Papua solidarity in Wellington Thursday, 1 December 2016

November 28, 2016

West Papua solidarity in Wellington
Thursday, 1 December 2016

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You are invited to join the annual gathering at Parliament, at 1pm on Thursday, 1 December, to fly the Morning Star flag in solidarity with the people of West Papua Рplease pass this message on, share the Facebook event, and bring your friends, family and colleagues with you to Parliament next Thursday : )

West Papua has been occupied by the Indonesian military since it was handed over, against the will of the indigenous population, to Indonesia in 1963. Since then, the people of West Papua have been subjected to gross human rights violations including rape, torture, cultural genocide, murder and massacre – more than 100,000 West Papuans have been killed. Many live in exile because it is not safe for them to go home.

Multi-national corporations in cahoots with the Indonesian authorities have exploited West Papua’s natural resources to an extraordinary degree. This has caused massive social dislocation, devastation of rain forests, pollution of streams and rivers on which the local people depend for their survival, and serious human rights violations in areas where multinationals operate.

1 December is West Papua Independence Day, this year marking the fifty fifth anniversary of the day the West Papuans first raised their new flag, the Morning Star, as the symbol of their forthcoming independence from Dutch colonial rule. In West Papua, people mark Independence Day in a variety of ways, including peaceful gatherings to fly the Morning Star – despite the threat of arrest and murder. In previous years, the Indonesian military and police have responded with increased violent oppression around this day, arresting and killing those they perceive as pro-independence activists. West Papua Independence Day is marked by solidarity events around the world, including here in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The annual Morning Star flag raising at parliament is organised by Peace Movement Aotearoa, further information is at ~ ~ ~ or email