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Keynote Address at the Conference on the Self-Determination and Liberation of West Papua: Page 5 of 5

Posted on 19 April 2017

is important to emphasize the primacy of militant struggle, which becomes the basis by which international solidarity and diplomatic initiatives can prosper.

While it is obvious that the peoples movement of Indonesia recognizes the struggle of the West Papua people as part of their own, the struggle of the people of West Papua for national liberation also should recognize the struggle of the Indonesian people for national liberation and democracy against US imperialism and the puppet state of compradors and landlord classes which is their common enemy.  Further, that struggle for national liberation should also take into account the efforts of the ruling classes of Indonesia to impose its social system into the population of West Papua and consider the democratic demands of the population, both Indigenous Peoples and Indonesian settler, against the imperialist corporations, the comprador big bourgeoisie and landlords, and their military surrogates.

This means that there should be synergy, not just alliance and close cooperation, between both the West Papuan movements for liberation and the Indonesian movements struggling for national democracy.  In this context, the recognition of the Indonesia movements for the struggle for self-determination for the West Papuan people should include the recognition of the right to secede from an Indonesian republic that tramples the rights of both the Indonesian and West Papuan people.

International solidarity has an important role to support the campaign of the liberation of the West Papua people.  This solidarity is also the responsibility of the people’s movements of Indonesia as comrades in arms of the West Papuan people. This solidarity campaign can take many forms and levels – targeted at the Indonesian government, the ASEAN, the Pacific countries, the UN and other intergovernmental entities as well as international organizations.  It can take various forms and actions including social media.  This should also be the subject of the planning for the second day.

Philippines, Indonesia and the other islands that extend from the Asian mainland out to the South Pacific share a common history from time immemorial.  We have suffered from colonialism and imperialism, and the issues and the people’s misery continue to this day.  Thus we feel a strong solidarity with the people of West Papua and a responsibility to support and engage in this struggle.

Long Live the People and Liberation of West Papua!

Long Live International Solidarity!


[1][SELF-DETERMINATION IN RELATION TO INDIVIDUAL HUMAN RIGHTS, DEMOCRACY AND THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT, Conference Report, Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization International Conference held in The Hague, The Netherlands January 22-23, 1993]

[2] Draft program for the fourth congress of social-democrats of the Latvian area,” May 1913

[3] [SELF-DETERMINATION IN RELATION TO INDIVIDUAL HUMAN RIGHTS, DEMOCRACY AND THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT, Conference Rep ort, Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization International Conference held in The Hague, The Netherlands January 22-23, 1993]

 

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