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  • Writer's pictureMerdeka Secretariat

Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of West Papua


July 1, 2021


The Merdeka West Papua Support Network joins the struggling people of West Papua on the commemoration of the 50th year of the Papuan people’s proclamation of the Republic of West Papua.


This historic independence proclamation led by the Free Papua Movement (Organisasi Papua Merdeka) would be the first of many collective assertions of the Papuans’ right to self-determination. West Papua’s struggle for self-determination persists amid heightened military aggression from Indonesia, backed by foreign powers such as the UK and Australia.


The valiant people’s movement, composed of Indigenous communities and grassroots activists, produced generations of freedom fighters wholeheartedly devoted to the cause of genuine liberation and equality.


While we remember those who have passed, many more continue to stand up and fight together in different ways. Today, we reiterate the call for the immediate and unconditional release of all Papuan political prisoners, including a dear comrade, Victor Yeimo.


We are urgently appealing for international recognition and respect of West Papua’s right to self-determination. As we strive to recover from a global health crisis, let us take part in ending a genocide that is just as deadly and relentlessly taking lives.


Uphold West Papua’s right to self-determination! Free West Papua!

1 Comment


timothyalvarez314
Jul 04, 2021

The more specific is the 50th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Terrorist Group of West Papua, which is the Free Papua Movement. Papua is a beautiful and peaceful province of the Republic of Indonesia, we all do love to see those smiles on Papuans face, but since 50 years ago, the Free Papua Movement ruins it all. They, until now, are still killing our beloved Papuans, from civilians until the military personnel. Because of that, the Indonesian government wants to stop it and protects the security and safety of its people from terrorist groups of OPM. The Free Papua Movement is not looking for freedom and self-determination, they kill our brothers and sisters, and yet they ask the international…

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