May 15 2015

Benny Wenda, West Papua Leader Speaks Out Against Indonesian Repression, And His US Visa Cancelation

GUEST: Benny Wenda the International Spokesman for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), and founder of the Free West Papua Campaign. He lives in exile in the United Kingdom.

The leader of the movement to Free West Papua, Benny Wenda, was scheduled to be on our show live in studio today. But yesterday, at the airport in London, when he attempted to check in for his flight to the US, he was detained by Department of Homeland Security officials who informed him that his 10-year visa had been canceled.

Mr. Wenda had last visited the US only months ago when he met with members of Congress to draw attention to the plight of West Papuans under Indonesian rule. More than 40 years ago, Indonesia annexed the country now known as West Papua from the Netherlands. The country’s indigenous citizens have since faced brutal occupation and repression.

West Papual Solidarity Concert @ The Mint, in Los Angeles
Friday, May 15, 2015 @ 8 p.m.
6010 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90035

To learn more about this issue visit freewestpapua.org, acebook.com/freewestpapua or bennywenda.org.

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Benny Wenda, West Papua Leader Speaks Out Against Indonesian Repression, And His US Visa Cancelation”

  1. Rosemary McKayon 16 May 2015 at 4:11 am

    Greetings from Adelaide, South Australia

    I was so sad to read about this.

    Shame on America.

    My heart reaches out to dear Benny.

    The United States of America and Australia are turning blind eyes and deaf ears to the plight of our Melanesian West Papuan brothers and sisters , because they have a vested interest by operating mining on the rich resourced West Papua.

    Viva: West Papua for Melanesian Spearhead Group
    Viva: Benny Wenda
    Viva: West Papua Merdeka

    Rosemary

  2. Rosemary McKayon 16 May 2015 at 5:43 am

    Greetings

    I should have explained more about the vested interest in West Papua by America.

    The US Freeport McMoRan corporation controls the largest gold mine and the third largest copper mine in the world at Grasberg in West Papua, from which it has made huge profits over the years. The tax from the minerals taken from the mines is one of the largest inputs into the Indonesian economy.

    The Indonesian military, the Tentera Nasional Indonesia is responsible for the deaths of about 400,000 West Papuans since its occupation of that country in 1962; the wiping out of a quarter to a third of the population of East Timor during its 24-year illegal occupation of that country and tens of thousands of Achehnese.

    In West Papua, hardly a week goes by without reports of murders, rapes, torture and other human rights abuses being committed in West Papua.

    The Freeport McMoRan corporation employs the TNI to conduct security at the Grasberg mines and this has been used as an excuse by TNI officers to conduct terrorism against the local people.

    However, the mainstream media and western governments that so often preach to others about democracy, the rule of law and human rights, studiously ignore what is happening there.

  3. John Gratton Wilsonon 16 May 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I concur with Rosemary (from Adelaide). The appalling circumstances of the 50 Year Indonesian Genocide of Melanesian West Papuans since their invasion in January 1962, were largely brought about by U.S. Cold War interests, in cahoots with the Netherlands, Indonesia & Australia.

    The New York Agreement of 1962, was exactly that, a ‘New York’ concoction, taking NO account of the rights or wishes of the local populace of approx. 800,000 indigenous West Papuans.

    The subsequent ‘Act of Free Choice’ of 1969, was an Indonesian military run sham vote, agreed to by the UN, that has left these proud Melanesian people devoid of their basic human rights, robbed of their vast resources (read; minerals, forests, fisheries & food gardens), their country having been ‘stolen’ off them by Asian (Indonesian) colonial murderers. All to appease Western big business interests & a litany of corrupt Indonesian Governments.

    Meanwhile, every Australian Government since, has chosen to look the other way, as though this GENOCIDE has never, nor is still, occurring ! With this continuing to occur ‘on our doorstep”, less that 300kms away, I am not a proud Australian !
    Papua Merdeka (freedom) !

  4. Anon Dumkion 18 May 2015 at 3:56 am

    Currently there are two jet fighters at Sentani airport, Jayapura. We are scared…who are they going to war with. Jokowi during his state visit to PNG mentioned 11 million Papuan Melanesian in Papua will take part in inter sport and cultural events when discussing on MSG issue. In fact we have less than 2 million people and where is this figure coming from? I am very corncen about this figure because in any intance, people of of West Papua will disappear from the face of the earth. Please have respect for our race as part of God creation. Anon Dumki

  5. Andrew (Andy) Alcockon 18 May 2015 at 7:36 am

    It should also be mentioned that the US in the early 1960s interfered in the decolonisation process that the Dutch government of the day was undertaking to give West Papua its independence.

    And the reason was that US geologists had discovered gold and copper ore there. This is why the US Freeport-McMoRan corporation is there taking West Papua’s resources that Rosemary refers to.

    In addition, it employs the TNI to be responsible for security. The TNI is the largest force for terrorism in the region and any West Papuans who protest about the barbarity and repression they suffer are likely to be imprisoned, tortured, raped, evisceration or murdered.

    It comes as no surprise that the US authorities have expelled Benny Wenda. They know that what he says is the truth, but they don’t the American people to know what the US Military Industrial Complex (MIC) is up to.

    It should also be remembered that in 1965 it was the CIA, acting on the behalf of the US MIC , that assisted the TNI to stage a coup to oust the democratically elected government of Sukarno and replaced him with the mass-murdering dictator, Suharto. Indonesian human rights activists have told me that the death toll was about 3 million. Suharto led Indonesia for 35 years during which his regime was responsible for genocide in Acheh, East Timor, West Papua and parts of Indonesia. Many of the crimes committed have been as bad as those committed by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s.

    Since Suharto’s death, Indonesian politics are still overshadowed by the TNI. That is the reason why not one of the TNI officers responsible for these crimes has ever been brought to justice.

    One day, like the East Timorese, the West Papuans will be free from the TNI terrorist barbarians. and the US, Australian and Dutch governments and the UN are going to have to live with the shame that they let they allowed the West Papuans to suffer under the brutality of the TNI since 1962.

    I will not be lectured to about justice, democracy, human rights or fairness by politicians who have allowed these crimes against humanity to continue.

    More people must speak out to stop the stealing of West Papua’s resources and the suffering of its people at the hands of the military of the US client state , Indonesia.

    Pope Francesco has just announced that the Vatican recognises the State of Palestine. It is to be hoped that he also speaks out for the freedom of the West Papuans.

    Untuk Papua Barat – MERDEKA!

    Bring the TNI mass murderers to justice!

    Stop the plunder of West Papuan resources by Indonesia and the US!

    A UN supervised independence referendum for West Papua.