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They Massacred My People. They Rape West Papua

West Papua. Genocide. In this modern age of development and sophistication, the international community barely maintains a sustainable thought for a land colonised by a regional power, Indonesia.

Papuans, also known as the indigenous Melanesians, are not “Indonesians” nor are they from the same racial stock of the Javanese population. The atrocities by both the Indonesian police and military seems to barely affect global politics, much less leave an impact upon the thoughts of the civilised world.

Joko Widodo, the president of Indonesia, seems to be more interested in increasing his public profile in West Papua than actually exerting his executive power to enable a greater voice for the Papuans in decision-making or even self-determination. Is Joko a smiling-pawn of the military, with no authority to advocate for basic rights and social justice? Or perhaps, the government’s dependency on the multi-billion dollar mining projects in a land that does not belong to the Indonesians?

West Papua. The ancient land belongs to Papuans, their home, and home to the largest goldmine with huge natural gas deposits. Yet its obvious, even to the millions of Indonesians, of their government’s systematic, institutional rape of land and sea. Of consorting with foreign and local corporations to petrify the soil and destroy the environment, just to fatten Indonesia and fill the national coffers with blood money.

And what of the member states of ASEAN? Are they twiddling their thumbs, to maintain respectful silence of non-interference despite knowing of the piling broken, bloodied bodies as a result of Indonesia’s brutality? What of advocates of human rights in this region, these high-so champions of articulate morality and righteousness, are they blind to the horrors?

Or perhaps, we as a whole, fancy the thought of a mighty empire grow on top of a mountain of Papuan skulls?

 

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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 zashnain.com and @bedlamfury

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The Only Destiny That Matters: West Papua

West Papua.

An island populated by an indigenous community. Vast mineral wealth, incredible bounty of the Earth on a single piece of land. Beautiful forests, matched with an incredible and ancient eco-system.

Occupied West Papua.

Colonised and battered. This nation is under a brutal occupation, the iron fist of Indonesia grasping and choking the life within.

Self-determination is non-existent. Papuans are not Indonesians, they never wanted to be a part of slavery or to be subjugated. Rightfully so, no community should ever tolerate imperialism or fascism.

Freedom.

West Papua resists Indonesia, every day, for the right to be free from slavery. Freedom from oppression, and to walk their land, swim in their rivers as free people.

Despite the carnage inflicted by the violent conquerors, the people of the land seek a furtherance of their future. They seek to be masters of the present for the inevitable: their destiny, WEST PAPUA.

 

Zashnain

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 zashnain.com and @bedlamfury

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In an island, waiting for any signs of the tsunami

No devastating Tsunami waves at this moment, near Pulau Indah. Low possibility it will happen. But everyone knows, natural disasters are unpredictable and does not succumb to mankind’s prediction. My friends have been reporting a slight increase to the height of the waves in the northern states of Malaysia; some of us are concerned about another epidemic of panic. Uncertainty has gripped many.

The sea seems soothing, with a touch of humidity, tonight; I am monitoring for possible aftershocks in this small forgotten island. There are a few thousand villagers, but word of the quake off Indonesia spread like wildlife. Even after the preliminary reports of the 2nd quake, I was more focused on the preparation in the village. They are rural poor folks, and ill-equipped to handle any disaster, short of a flash flood.

To reserve battery power, I disabled my Twitter app on my BB. Frustrating as I am in a fishing village with little access to electricity.

The fishermen and their families are calmer now, even children are playing at a nearby pond, however the urge to activate my Twitter (@belamfury) is great » trying to control my own anxiety of being ‘off-line’.

An elderly woman offered coffee and food, a plate full of rice, fried egg and spicy anchovies. Aminah smiled widely as I finished the meal without speaking to anyone. Didn’t realise I was that hungry but my eyes were still set on the beach. As I see the waving coconut trees and feel the perfect sea breeze, my thoughts are for those in Aceh.

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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 zashnain.com and @bedlamfury

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Earthquake, Tsunami and Panic Watch in Malaysia

It was Moui who warned me of the earthquake. She sent me a message, about the 8.6-magnitude quake off Indonesia, we discussed it and I set my plans in motion. Informing my other networks was simple, but staggered under the weight of their many questions and concerns. Naturally I was worried for many who lived in the coastal areas of Malaysia, where Sumatra was just opposite, a boat ride away. Despite the low possibilities of devastating waves in Malaysia, memories of the 2004 tsunami in Aceh and the many floods ravaging my country briefly stopped me in my tracks.

I made a few calls, met with some concerned villagers living near Pulau Indah and asked a kind man to keep an eye on the news ~ he was checking his Facebook and watching BBC (bizarre, but he did not check the local mainstream broadcast).

Barely into my fifth sip of my hot, sweet coffee, courtesy of a kind 60-year-old woman living in a hut, my volunteer reported the second 8.2-magnitude quake. I am also worried about the aftershocks and people living in high-rise buildings. Malaysian society can be complacent at times, abandoning logic for sheer confidence ~ something one doesn’t need in a time of possible disaster.

I’m monitoring the progress, trying my best to dispel the anxiety of others. Panic is quite an infectious emotion, and whatever natural disaster that strikes, people must try to remain calm. The last thing we need is panic gripping those who are in the position to help others. Ignorance kills.

~~ Reporting from Pulau Indah

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Maids from Myanmar, Employers from Hell

The Malaysian government is considering bringing domestic workers from Myanmar to overcome severe shortage of foreign maids following a 2-year freeze imposed by Indonesia. Indonesia had her reasons on the freeze, mainly on increasing issues of abuse and poor working conditions in Malaysia. Such is life in this country!

I am extremely concerned about the outrageous mentality of some Malaysian employers and their attitudes towards foreign maids, camouflaged-slavery and abuse (many have said that they are merely “disciplining” their maids, Oh bloody hell RUBBISH!). There have been cases of sending maids back home to Cambodia and Indonesia in body bags due to violent acts in order to “disciple” their maids. The murderers are punished, yes, but we all know how punishment and the rule of law affects Malaysians » and the fact does not change that lives are extinguished.

There are no visible indicators from the Malaysian government to protect the rights and needs of migrant workers. Thus, why the hell are we looking at other countries to import women for servitude? Seems to me, this is merely a legitimate process of slavery, a perverted version of human trafficking stimulated by the Institutions and by a very arrogant society. I am saddened that Malaysia is moving towards a developed-status nation, but still nurturing a third-world barbaric mentality.

 

Zashnain

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 zashnain.com and @bedlamfury

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West Papua: Resistance & Revolution against a brutal colonist

The police chief who is responsible for atrocities in occupied West Papua, Adj. Sr. Comr. Imam Setiawan, said that he would ‘finish’ those who support subversion.

“Whoever supports separatism or subversion activity, I will do the same as yesterday [forcefully dissolve the 3rd Papua People’s Congress]. I’ll finish [them],” he said.

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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 zashnain.com and @bedlamfury

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The Cocktail of West Papua

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.

Zashnain

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 zashnain.com and @bedlamfury

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Obama’s Troops in West Papua

The US has declared its support and backing for economical improvements, aid and further exploration of relations. Indonesia is truly fortunate to have the backing of the US. It seems that the US is pleased with Indonesia’s leadership within the region, and in ASEAN. Some say Indonesia may continue with such mandate, in line with the encroachment of China into ASEAN’s ocean and territory. Naturally everyone knows this.

However I am disgusted with the US’ obvious blindness towards Indonesia’s suppression of West Papua. To add salt to the injury, Indonesian troops are somewhat trained and funded by the US, whether via technical training or weaponry.

So who’s responsible for the blatant, horrific human rights violation, and raping of the land, natural resources and identity of West Papuans?

Shall we blame Indonesia’s government? Yes.

Shall we blame the apathy of the region? Yes.

Shall we blame it on Obama’s Indonesian troops? Obviously YES.

 

Related : Hypocrites when it comes to West Papua [update]

 

More story about protesting in West Papua.

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Zashnain

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 zashnain.com and @bedlamfury

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Hypocrites when it comes to West Papua [update]

Australia has a strong track record of tolerating Indonesia’s violence against the people of West Papua. Similar to ASEAN, and other hypocrites of “human rights”. Despite the onslaught of the Indonesia Army into West Papua, the regional and international community does nothing concrete to intervene – the fact that Indonesia is still the colonizer of West Papua, and the severe violation of human rights against the Papuans.

Hypocrisy of the South East Asian and Australian society. Their pretense of having a virtuous and moral belief and high standards of human rights,  is utterly disgusting.

West Papua doesn’t need an Indonesian “autonomy package”, what the country and its indigenous people need now is immediate independence from the yoke of tyranny and oppression.

Papuans deserve the right in this world, just like you. To ignore that right is to embrace complete hypocrisy of living.

 

More story about protesting in West Papua.

 

 

Zashnain

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 zashnain.com and @bedlamfury

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Indonesia’s Naked Agression Against West Papua

Indonesia continues to carry out a pattern of gross human rights violations in West Papua despite promises to improve the situation.

But how can an imperialist government safeguard the rights and fundamentals of a conquered nation like West Papua? Indonesia needs to immediately withdraw from West Papua, release all claims to what rightfully belongs to Papuans.

Papuans have the right to enjoy their freedom, their lives, their natural resources and their future.

Freedom / Merdeka!

 

More story about protesting in West Papua.

 

 

Zashnain

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 zashnain.com and @bedlamfury

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