Demonstrations to Call for
Open Access to Papua
Please join us on the 29th of April for a Global Day of Action for Media Access in West Papua
where the Indonesian government still systematically bans foreign journalists from entering.
WHAT IS INDONESIA HIDING IN PAPUA?
END 50 YEARS OF ISOLATION
WEAR BLACK TO PROTEST THE MEDIA BLACKOUT
JOIN US TO DEMAND FREE AND OPEN ACCESS TO PAPUA
Wednesday 29th April 2015 12 noon
Parliament House, North Terrace, Adelaide
Demonstrators are urged to wear 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
Free West Papua Campaign
Well Known West Papuan Activist Benny Wenda has asked all West Papuan support groups around the world to hold local rallies on this issue.
On April 29, Demonstrations will be held in London, New York and many other parts of the world
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. Additional protests may take place elsewhere. Tapol, which initiated the protests, is organizing the London demonstration. ETAN is organizing the one in New York.
West 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 organisations 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. This visual protest will highlight the absence of free and open access to Papua for international journalists and human rights observers.
We invite advocacy groups around the world to join our call to the Indonesian government to open
access to West Papua. Let the authorities know that the world is watching and standing in solidarity with Papuans. Protest against this veil of secrecy and ask President Jokowi to make good his Presidential campaign promise of opening access to Papua!
Please help to spread the word about the demonstration via social media and by printing and
distributing this flyer.
Please join us on the 29th of April for a Global Day of Action for Media Access in West Papua where the Indonesian government still systematically bans foreign journalists from entering.
Canberra, 12 noon outside the Indonesian Embassy Perth, Australia protest details here: http://tinyurl.com/ohfcqnp
Darwin, Australia protest details here: http://tinyurl.com/l3yqseh
New York, USA protest details here: http://tinyurl.com/khcw8nu
London, UK protest details here: http://tinyurl.com/nvkwqqg
Edinburgh, UK details protest here: http://tinyurl.com/nshfyrv