People of West Papua are struggling for the freedom since a long time. It has been revealed that thousands of west Papuans has been killed by the Indonesian military forces since they were raising their voice for the freedom. This paper discusses the freedom struggle of the west Papua and other related aspects of the issue.
West Papua is an Indonesian province and region has been fighting for the independence for a long time. West Papua has been witnessing a series of containment by Indonesian military since the decade of sixty. People of west Papua are suffering and feeling suffocated because of continuous exploitation and violation of their rights by the Indonesian military.
The people of west Papua are struggling for the freedom and have tried all the possible ways to get their dream fulfilled but the task seems difficult now and all the people, who are loud-mouthed for this cause, are feeling tired and defeated. Benny Wenda, a West Papua independence leader says “West Papuans will never recognize their homeland as being part of Indonesia and we have a fundamental right to self-determination under international law”. Benny is living in exile in Britain and fears for his life. “The military is very tyrannical and we have no rights in their reign”, he added.
Several media reports suggest that there have been massive genocides in west Papua by the Indonesian security forces in the past few years. Quite a lot of people from west Papua say that the world has closed its eyes towards the west Papua, its people and their rights to life. A leader of freedom struggle expresses his grievance, says “A blind eye has been most cynically turned by the international community towards the situation of the people in West Papua”.
People of west Papua are determined to get the freedom from the tyrannical rule of Indonesia and they are ready to sacrifice anything for this cause. Their hunger for the freedom has been continuously increasing and they are living with a hope to breathe in the free west Papua.
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