The Cocktail of West Papua

Human Rights

Indonesia’s alleged focus on the welfare of West Papuans is a sweet cocktail of irony, deceit and hypocrisy, served cold.

The Indonesian Government dodges away skillfully from the much-needed Independence of West Papua and the Administration’ s violation of human rights of the indigenous Melanesian-majority population.  The systematic, genocidal attacks on the West Papuans has been on-going for many decades, while the international and regional communities collaborate in sustaining the illusion of Indonesia’s rightful occupation of the land.

There is very little the Melanesian people can do against the onslaught of unlimited Indonesia troops, armed with an orgy of weaponry and training, courtesy of the U.S Government. The U.S is only keen to kowtow to Indonesia, the towering giant of South East Asia, who happens to be the present Chief of ASEAN. While the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) is a ghastly mockery of the mandate it represents.

In the meantime, West Papuans can only continue their resistance, clustered and almost isolation from the globe, trapped and confined by the Indonesia circle of influence.

Is Indonesia truly a democratic country? No. It’s merely an aggressive imperialist shrouded by an illusion. It does not intend to release West Papua, after all, why should they since the international society has chose to support and play along with the rationale that West Papua belongs to Indonesia.

This cocktail of deceit and hypocrisy was made by those that choose to do nothing for justice and freedom of West Papua. This cocktail with a generous spray of irony is shared by the international community which profess in liberty and human rights. Oh yes, you are full of it, especially since you enjoy drinking this cocktail of genocide.


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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