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A PETITION submitted to the United Nations for its General Assembly in September 2010 to put in place arrangements for the free exercise of the right to self-determination, so that the indigenous peoples of West Papua can decide democratically their own future in accordance with International Standards of human rights, the principles of International Law and the Charter of the United Nations.

We call the attention of the United Nations to the West Papua Action UN Review of 2002, the last petition on September 2004 by the PAPUA NATIONAL COMMITTEE which received support from around the world of 800 signatures, and which in turn was followed by a petition sent by the then President of AWPA (Australia West Papua Association), Mr. Kel Dummet from Melbourne-Australia which received support from around the world of over 4000 signatures concerning self-determination for West Papua.

These and other petitions outlined the torture and murder of the Papuan national leader, Ondofolo Theys Hiyo Eluay, President of the Presidium Papua Council as well as various human rights violations and the accumulating human tragedy in the land of Papua. This ongoing incarceration, maltreatment and murder of our people has been justified by the Indonesian political leadership, police and military simply because of Papuas ongoing demand to assert their right to self determination and independence.

This right proceeded from the Manifesto of October 19, 1961, and the declaration on 1st December 1961 in Hollandia West Papua by members of the New Guinea Council (NG-RAAD) who had been democratically selected in order to consolidate full independence and self-government by 1970. This first Ruling was sent to the Netherlands and ratified by Parliament and the Dutch Government at the time. Nevertheless, the government of Indonesia unilaterally annexed Papua through the deployment of the Trikora command, announced by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Ir. Soekarno on the December 19, 1961 in Yogyakarta. Since 1965 various factions have struggled to resist the annexation of the sovereign nation of Papua and to defend the identity and sovereignty of the Papuan people.

That ruling and reality was never recognized nor were we consulted in the negotiations over our heads between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Indonesia, signed at the the Headquarters of the United Nations, New York, on 15 August 1962 and called the New York Agreement. The New York Agreement is an invalid agreement, both legally and morally, because agreement about the status of the land and the fate of the Papuan nation was determined without the involvement of official representatives from West Papua. Moreover, the government of Indonesia intentionally failed to disseminate information about the contents of the New York Agreement to West Papuans, including information about their right to self-determination and to decide: (a) if they wished to continue to be included in Indonesia, or (b) if they wished to end their relationship with Indonesia.

The Act of Free Choice (PEPERA) held in 1969 is legally and morally flawed because it was not implemented in accordance with Section X - II, Paragraph 1 and Section XVIII, Paragraph D of the New York Agreement or in accordance with international law. The Act of Free Choice involved extreme forms of coercion, terrorism, detention, military intimidation and deception to Papuans and the international community.

Alongside the Reformation political movement which emerged in 1998 in Indonesia, the people of Papua gathered at the Second Papua Congress in 2000. At this Congress Papuans formed the Papua Presidium Council (Presidium Dewan Papua) to coordinate and unite Papuans in a struggle for political rights as a sovereign people. The new Indonesian government in 2000 made a response to Papuan demands for independence by firstly reinstating the name PAPUA, replacing the name IRIAN, and secondly presenting the Second Papuan National Congress with a Bill about Special Autonomy for the Province of Papua. But by 2010 this so-called special autonomy has been judged to be a total failure - by academics, politicians, bureaucrats, fund donors and, more importantly, by us Papuans.

The intervening ten years have still seen ongoing human rights abuses, abysmal development of our society, slow genocide of our people and failure to implement Special Autonomy Law. As a consequence the people of the Nation of Papua have rejected and returned Special Autonomy in an extraordinary public deliberation sponsored by the Papuan Peoples House of Assembly (MRP) in July 2010.

We therefore thank you in anticipation that the world community will re-examine the New York Agreement 1963/1969 in the deliberations of the United Nations' General Assembly this September 2010, in particular supporting the Government of Vanuatus registering the case of West Papua to United Nations Commission of Decolonization. Be it also known that on 12 October 2009 the Collective Leadership of the Papuan National Consensus submitted a letter to the President of the Republic of Indonesia to take peaceful action in order to reposition the political status of Papua by initiating a policy designating Papua as having a status of Phased Governance (konvergensia in temporaria) commencing by 2010.

We ask that the United Nations and various Governments who were involved, either directly or indirectly, in the 1963/1969 New York Agreement, align with the organizations and individual world leaders like Pope Paul from Rome, Bishop Desmond Tutu from South Africa, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter from United States, who support and acknowledge Papuas right to self-determination.

We understand that there is no longer any further need for dialogue or recommendations that do not recognize our right and commitment to claim our sovereignty and freedom.

1. Accordingly, we the Collective Leadership of the Papuan National Consensus present this petition to the United Nations to assert the Rights for a Referendum concerning Self-Determination for the Papuan people and call the UN to put arrangements in place for this to be carried out by early in 2011.
2. We also call upon those thirty nations states, including members from South America, West Africa and Israel, as members of the United Nations who refused the Decision of the United Nations General Assembly in accepting the 1969 Result of the Act of Free Choice which was expressed as taken note of, to support West Papuas cause once again.
3. We also urge the support of neighbors from South-East Asia, Timor Leste (invaded under code name Seroja Operation), Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam which have been nicknamed by Indonesia as Puppet States (Dwikora), an epithet now also applied to Papua (invaded under Operation Trikora).
4. We also strongly urge the United Nations General Assembly to intervene in Papua with a Permanent Observer Mission to oversee the Referendum.
5. We call for repatriation and the replacement of Indonesian Governance and of the armed forces (Army and Police)
6. We call upon the President of the Republic of Indonesia to guarantee a peaceful process of Transference/Acknowledgement of Sovereignty and Independence
7. We assert the right of the subsequent establishment of the West Papuan National Government in the form of konvergensia in temporaria.
8. We affirm that this status will continue until General Elections are held in April 2011 with a view to Definitive Governance by May 1st 2012.
9. We affirm that as long as the state konvergensia in temporaria exists, and for as long afterwards as needs to be determined, we require international troops assisting with security until such time we are ready and capable of managing our own security troops.

We invite the world communities to indicate support and the sympathy by adding below their signatures to the petition.
We thank you.

Signed by, and in the name of
The Collective Leaders-Papua National Consensus,

Prokorus Yaboisembut, SPd., Chairman, Papua Customary Council (DAP)
Rev. Edison Waromi, SH., President, West Papua National Authority (WPNA)
Emr. Rev. Herman Awom, STh., Moderator, Papua Presidium Council (PDP)

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