On April 29, demonstrations
will be held in
New York calling for an end to 50 years of isolation and free and open
access to Papua. The London protest will take place at noon, outside the
Indonesian embassy, 38 Grosvenor Square; the New York protest will begin
at 6 pm at the Indonesian consulate, 5 E 68th St. (near 5th Ave.) in Manhattan.
Tapol, which initiated the
protests, is organizing the London demonstration. ETAN is organizing the
one in New York. Additional events may be organized elsewhere.
Papua is one of the world’s most isolated conflict spots. For decades, indigenous
activists campaigning for their rights have been arrested, disappeared,
tortured and killed. Local journalists who uncover the truth face lethal
risks. Foreign journalists trying to report on Papua have been arrested,
deported and even imprisoned. One by one, international humanitarian organizations
have closed their Papua offices. Access for UN human rights observers has
been closed for eight years. Until Indonesia lifts the repressive restrictions
on access to Papua, Indonesian security forces and paramilitaries are free
to act with total impunity, and indigenous Papuans will continue to be killed.
Demonstrators will be wearing all-black clothing to protest the media blackout
in Papua. They will be carrying placards, some of which will be ‘censored,’
and have their mouths taped shut.
Faamaligi/ Los Angeles Coordinator;
562-270-4696 / email@example.com