Brief thoughts on West Papua

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How can you bloody say that we’re a civilised society when we can’t even protect, respect and nurture the rights and heritage of indigenous people?

West Papua is an excellent example of imperialist design over and against an indigenous population.

Papuans deserve their independence, their right to rule over their country. But why is it that Indonesia has full control of West Papua’s sea, air, land and natural resources? And why the fuck does the international powers and ASEAN choose to remain silent and complacent of West Papua’s right of self-goverance? Because of greed?

While everyone in this region talks about the democratic revolution in the Middle East, everyone has conveniently forgotten about West Papua. If you don’t know where the country is or what their issues are, why don’t you cure yourself of the ignorance by researching or asking more questions.

Should we standby and allow the yoke of suppression and oppression take control of our minds and lives?

Don’t just gawk. Do something useful for once. Self-advocacy starts with yourself. If not, you’re no better than a bloody corpse.


An avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at and @bedlamfury

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