THE FOURTH WORLD INDIGENOUS YOUTH CONFERENCE,
BY THE WEST PAPUAN YOUTH DELEGATION.
DATE: 19 JUNE 1996, VALADALEN, SAAMI LAND.
Acknowledging that the hostage takers demanded their fundamental rights as indigenous people
of West Papua to Self-Determination.
Acknowledging that the hostage taking was a cry for attention to the international community.
Taking account of the violent ending of the hostage situation by the army.
Taking account of the way the Indonesian army has always reacted after such a situation, and the fact that innocent people have been massacred in the past.
Knowing that at this moment the army has taken drastic measures, such as closing the area in question, from the outside world.
Deeply concerned about the fact that the Indonesian government and the Indonesian army seem to have the backing of the whole international community in whatever actions they may take against the Indigenous People of West Papua.
Bearing in mind that the recent developments reflect what has been happening for more than 34 years in West Papua.
We, the delegations of the Fourth World Indigenous Youth Conference urge the following:
1. to send a UN fact finding mission in 1996 into West Papua, and particularly the affected areas:
• to conduct an independent enquiry on the role of the army in the ending of the hostage crisis.
• to report on human rights abuses, and to report on the social , economic and political situation of the indigenous people of West Papua and environmental destruction.
• to resolve that this report should be undertaken visit by experts on behalf of the UN Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, to investigate reports of disappearances, torture, summary executions, arbitrary arrest and detention, surveillance and destruction of proverty.
• to resolve that this visit should be undertaken and completed in 1996 that it should involve extensive consultation with West Papuan in all parts of West Papua and that the resulting report be presented to the UN and be made publicly available.
2. to put pressure on the government of Indonesia to demilitarise West Papua, particularly the areas of Mapenduma and Timika in order to protect the the fundamental rights and freedoms in West Papua,
3. to put the issue of West Papua on the agenda of the Decolonisation Committee of the United Nations;
4. to recall the Act of Free Choice in 1969 and to implement a new just and democratic plebiscite of the indigenous inhabitants of West Papua under international supervision and free of external coercion.
PAPUA MERDEKA !!!
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