Category Archives: Vanuatu

Walking against impunity

AN activist group on their mission known as ‘The Walk Against Impunity,’ has been in Vanuatu this week, raising awareness about the struggle for justice and freedom in Maluku and West Papua.

The team has been to Port Vila, Luganville and Pentecost spreading the word on Maluku and West Papua’s freedom. The team was led by Dutch activist Francis Janssen and his team.

The team members said this was his second walk against impunity because Mr Janssen was inspired by the words of late Father Walter Hadye Lini: “Vanuatu is not free until all of Melanesia is free.”

Francis Janssen, accompanied by Marcel Tomasowa and Isaac Pattikawa, arrived in Port Vila on February 11, where they were welcomed by Peter Ranbel and Alul Ravue Fanbir.

In preparation for the walk, the team spent their first days in Port Vila meeting with very special people – Andy Ayamiseba, David Thomas, Chiefs Nakamal, Barak Sope, Yoan Simon, and Pastor Alan Nafuki and members of the Lini family.

Mr Janssen had an intensive conversation with Hilda Lini.

“This very inspiring lady made a deep impression, and the walking team marks her words: ‘If Maluku and West Papua will become independent, the first 10 years will be very tough, but that should not withhold you from continuing the struggle’, Ms Lini told us,” he said.

Mr Janssen’s first walk against Impunity took place in Timor-Leste in 2015 in commemoration of the sad anniversary of the killing of five foreign journalists in the village of Balibo. The journalists murdered by Indonesian military in the wake of the Indonesian invasion.

Mr Janssen dedicated his first walk to the brave people of Timor-Leste who persisted in their struggle for freedom.

“The atrocities that occurred in Timor-Leste during the Indonesian occupation are still happening in West Papua and Maluku today.

“No freedom of press, no freedom of expression, no freedom.

“However, the people still deal with occupation, oppression and violence.”

This gives the reason for Mr Janssen to continue walking against impunity because, he says, impunity is a green light for perpetrators to continue and repeat the atrocities, over and over again.

Those taking part said they hope this Walk against Impunity will be an inspiration to young Ni-Vanuatu, international activists and to all those who care about human dignity, freedom and self-determination.

They said they are in good spirits and no storm can stop them from walking against impunity.

Follow Francis and his team at: http://www.facebook.com/walkagainstimpunity2blog

Walking against impunity was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

Nafuki kecewa MSG tak segera pastikan keanggotaan ULMWP

Jayapura, Jubi – Pastor Allan Nafuki, Ketua Organisasi Free West Papua Vanuatu, mengungkapkan kekecewaanya kepada para pemimpin Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) karena todak memenuhi janji mereka mendorong keanggotaan penuh ULMWP.

Namun demikian, seperti dikatakannya pada Daily Vanuatu, Sabtu (31/12/2016), dirinya tetap mengapresiasi sikap Perdana Menteri Vanuatu, Charlot Salwai yang tetap teguh tak berubah menegaskan dukungannya  terhadap West Papua.

Pimpinan Pertemuan Tingkat Menteri Urusan Luar Negeri di Port Vila minggu lalu, Milner Tozaka mengatakan pertemuan yang baru lalu itu memang tidak membahas baik keanggotaan Asosiate Indonesia maupun keanggotaan Peninjau ULMWP di MSG.

Pertemuan itu mengajukan pedoman baru atau rekomendasi untuk menetapkan syarat pemohon menjadi anggota MSG.
Pedoman baru ini akan dipertimbangkan oleh pertemua para Perdana Menteri MSG yang kemungkinan besar akan diselenggarakan Januari ini di Papua Nugini.

Namun Nafuki berpendapat seharusnya pertemuan itu tetap dilakukan di Vanuatu karena menurut dia para pemimpin tersebut telah membuat janji yang tampaknya belum berhasil mereka penuhi.

“Para pemimpin dan rakyat West Papua telah selesai menggelar karpet bagi para pemimpin MSG untuk dapat duduk diatasnya dan mendukung aplikasi kenggotaan penuh ULMWP di MSG,” ujar Nafuki.

Terpisah, ULMWP melalui Juru Bicara, Benny Wenda, sebelumnya dalam pesan natal dan tahun barunya sudah menegaskan bahwa perjuangan pengakuan hak penentuan nasib sendiri Papua sangat bergantung pada dukungan berbagai pihak di tingkat internasional untuk menggelar referendum ulang dibawah pengawasan internasional.

Strategi ULMWP, dan juga tampak dari upaya-upaya Koalisi Pasifik untuk West Papua (PCWP) sudah semakin mengarah ke wilayah Mikronesia, Polinesia dan bahkan Afrika. Keanggotaan penuh MSG, bagi ULMWP, adalah salah satu jalan diantara jalan lainnya, guna mendukung kedaulatan politik West Papua.

Tekanan suara untuk mendesak dunia internasional serta  bersikap atas persoalan West Papua di Majelis Umum PBB, Dewan HAM PBB, Komite Penghapusan Diskriminasi Rasial badan PBB adalah jalan lainnya.(*)

Nafuki kecewa MSG tak segera pastikan keanggotaan ULMWP was originally published on PAPUAPost.com