An open letter to the people of Australia from three West Papuans. Were they threatened to leave the Australian Consulate in Bali?

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In a letter handed to the Australian consulate staff in Bali, the three demand that Indonesia treat them as ‘human beings’

Dear brothers and sisters,

We’re writing to inform you that we had (sic) entered the Australian Consulate in Bali to seek refuge and to deliver our message to the APEC leaders in Bali including US State Secretary John Kerry and Australian prime minister Tony Abbott.

We want these leaders to persuade the Indonesian government to treat Papuan people better.

Human rights abuses are our routine. Many of our colleagues protested and sought their political aspiration heard. But they ended up [in] prisons…

These political prisoners committed no crime. They are explicitly committed to non-violence. The Indonesian government arrested and jailed them for discussing their political human rights beliefs.

We want the Indonesian government to lift the 50 year restriction it has imposed on West Papua. We want foreigners, including journalists, diplomats, observers and tourists to be able to visit West Papua freely without asking for special permits.

We need your help. We seek refuge and plead for our safety.

October 4, 2013


Markus Jerewon, Yuvensius Goo, Rofinus Yanggam

Consul-General denies threatening West Papuan activists who occupied Australian consulate in Bali

The protesters said they were “seeking refuge” in the consulate, but left after Australian officials told them they would be arrested by Indonesian authorities if they stayed.