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West Papua flag mural in Darwin remains intact despite criticism from Indonesian Consul

Independence activist Piter Elaby

Photo: West Papua independence activist Piter Elaby touches up a mural in Darwin’s CBD on Australia Day, 2016. (ABC News: Felicity James)

The Indonesian Consul to Darwin, Andre Siregar, has denied he pressured the owner of a wall to paint over a mural which features the West Papuan flag, but said he had reported its existence to Jakarta.

“It is something that we respect, we have to respect, but please note that it, itself is offensive to us,” Mr Siregar said.

Mr Siregar said as the Indonesian Government’s representative in Darwin he had conveyed Indonesia’s position on West Papua.

“Of course that is a flag of a separatist group — they want West Papua to be their own country,” Mr Siregar said.

“They ignore the 2.5 million Papuans who have gone to the election and voted, and the 3.9 million Papuans that live there.

“So as the government representative in Darwin I have conveyed this situation to the NT Government, [and] we don’t want them to be ill-informed.”

Mr Siregar told the ABC he was the last to find about the “external pressure” and urgency to remove the mural.

“I guess I found out last, that someone feels pressured, and someone wants their walls clean, someone had to choose someone to blame,” Mr Siregar said.

Mr Siregar said the building’s owner — Carlo Randazzo, the honorary Vice-Consul to Italy — had contacted him about the issue last week.

“He just said ‘we’re going to clean it up’, I said ‘it’s your wall, it’s your wall’ — and he just gave me some updates regarding where it’s been with those people who have painted on it,” Mr Siregar said.

“I’ve also casually spoken to Peter Styles about this, and he as the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, would take note of that. But again I have not really followed up on this discussion.”

Issue flared after ‘external pressure’

The issue of the large depiction of the West Papuan flag in the city’s centre flared after the artists who painted it in June 2015, were told to paint over it by an employee of Randazzo Properties.

The email to the artists cited “external pressures” as the reason for the sudden, urgent removal of the mural.

The mural itself also depicts the Aboriginal flag, and was painted as a symbol of solidarity between the two groups.

Mr Siregar said the Indonesian Consulate respected freedom of expression in Australia, and he had explained to visiting Indonesian officials the West Papuan flag mural did not necessarily reflect the position of Australians.

“Now after eight months there are many Territorians who also came to me and asked me ‘what’s with that flag?’,” Mr Siregar claimed.

Mr Siregar also said Indonesia was working at improving its human rights record.

“If there’s some concerns about human rights, as a developing country we’re all striving to make sure there’s no more human rights violations, even if there were violations, we are committed to rectifying those mistakes.”

West Papua flag mural in Darwin remains intact despite criticism from Indonesian Consul was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

Mahasiswa Papua Tuntut Tambang Freeport Ditutup dan Referendum

KBR, Jakarta– Aliansi Mahasiswa Papua bersama Front Rakyat Indonesia Untuk West Papua mendukung upaya tujuh Negara Pasifik yang bakal membawa berbagai macam masalah Papua ke Dewan HAM PBB. Koordinator aksi, Samsi Mahmud mengatakan, cara itu ialah satu-satunya jalan penyelesesaian berbagai macam masalah di Papua terutama masalah pelanggaran HAM.

Samsi juga mendesak Pemerintah Presiden Jokowi untuk memberikan hak penentuan nasib sendiri bagi bangsa Papua.

“Kita juga akan menyampaikan kepada rakyat Indonesia, kepada Pemerintah Indonesia terkait dengan kehendak rakyat Papua yaitu menentukan nasib sendiri adalah solusi demokratik untuk masa depan rakyat dan bangsa kita ini. Dan bagi kami terkait dengan persoalan-persoalan yang ada di Papua, solusinya adalah kehendak menentukan nasibnya sendiri bagi rakyat Papua,” ujarnya saat berorasi di depan Kantor Perwakilan PBB untuk  Indonesia, Jakarta, Jumat (03/03).

Koordinator aksi, Samsi Mahmud  juga mendesak Pemerintah Presiden Jokowi untuk menarik seluruh kekuatan militer termasuk kepolisian di seluruh wilayah Papua. Kata dia, keberadaan kekuatan militer   justru semakin membuat Papua rentan pelanggaran HAM.

“Kami meminta dan harus ditindak lanjuti soal penuntasan seluruh kasus pelanggaran hak asasi manusia di tanah Papua. Seluruhnya tanpa terkecuali termasuk yang terbaru soal konflik sengketa Pilkada di Intan Jaya,” ucapnya.

Dia menambahkan, penutupan PT Freeport juga menjadi harga mati. Pasalnya kata dia, keberadaan Freeport di Papua tidak  memberikan dampak apapun kepada warga Papua di sekitar perusahaan. Kemiskinan dan diskriminasi kata dia tidak mengalami penurunan di sana padahal daerah tersebut sangat kaya akan sumber daya alam.

“Saat Pemerintah Indonesia menerbitkan izin eksplorasi dan eksploitasi tambang Freeport melalui Kontrak Karya I yang diterbitkan pada 7 April 1967 itu, rakyat dan bangsa west Papua tidak dilibatkan. Padahal status West Papua belum secara resmi diakui Internasional sebagai bagian dari wilayah Indonesia,” tambahnya.

Editor: Rony Sitanggang

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Mahasiswa Papua Tuntut Tambang Freeport Ditutup dan Referendum was originally published on PAPUAPost.com