Action: Writing a Letter to your MP 

Issue: Military Violence in West Papua.

  • You can write an email or send a letter to your MP
  • An example letter with recommendations is shown below. 
  • Please adapt the letter to make it more personal
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[YOUR ADDRESS LINE 1]
[ADDRESS LINE 2]
[TOWN/CITY]
[COUNTY]
[POSTCODE]
[DATE]
[YOUR EMAIL]

Dear [MP’S FULL NAME FOLLOWED BY ‘MP’, E.G. JOHN SMITH MP] 

My name is [NAME] and I am a constituent of yours.

I am writing to you concerning the current concerning situation regarding military escalation and military violence against civilians in West Papua, Indonesia. 

I am a supporter of the UK Charity Papua Partners who work with Indigneous organisations and churches in West Papua  supporting them in growing businesses, leadership development, education and building healthy and peaceful communities (www.papuapartners.org). 

Last week we received the distressing news that Eddy Kobak, a staff member of YAPELIN, a local partner, was one of a group of students who were badly beaten by uniformed members of the Indonesian Army (TNI) in an attack on a household complex of people from Yahukimo in the town of Sentani on the coast of West Papua. One lady, Demisian Kobak,  who was 18 years of age and was resting in her bed with malaria at the time of the attack, died from her injuries. This was a revenge attack after a dispute over a motorbike accident involving a soldier. 

We would also like to bring your attention to the killing of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani of the GKII Church by an army member on 19 September in Hitadipa, Intan Jaya and Rupinus Tigar, a Catholic church worker who was shot dead in a military raid on the village of Jalae, Sugapa on 26 October 2020. 12 year Meinus Bagubau sustained a bullet wound during the same raid. In another incident on 18 July 2020 in Nduga the army killed a father and son  and on 10 and 13 April 2020 three civilians were killed in Timika also by security forces. Cases of intimidation and forced disapearences by military towards civilians are increasing especially in areas with mining interests other natural resources potential. 

These incidents are only some examples of the widespread abuse that is taking place by the army and police throughout the Land of West Papua due to a strategy of militarisation in West Papua by the Indonesian Central Government. Over the last year there has been thousands of extra troops deployed to remote areas with no consent from local people. There has also been a significant increase in police and military crackdowns and arbitrary arrests of peaceful demonstrations. This has caused widespread displacement, trauma and misery for thousands of families. 

I request that you would raise these issues with the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs and ask that the British Government consider stopping the selling of arms to Indonesia while their army is guilty of serious abuses of power against the people of West Papua. 

I also ask that you would ask the Secretary of State to request Indonesia to: 

1. Immediately carry out independent investigations into human rights abuses carried out by the military and police in West Papua over the last 20 years; 

2. Immediately withdraw all additional military troops from West Papua; 

3. Allow the UN Commissioner for Human Rights to visit West Papua to carry out an investigation into the human rights situation; and 

4. Initiate a dialogue process with the representatives of the Papuan people about the future of West Papua. 

Thank you for your attention to this matter. The people of West Papua need our solidarity and anything you can do to raise this issue is deeply appreciated. 

I look forward to your reply,

Yours sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

1 The region known as West Papua is made up of the Indonesian Provinces of Papua and West Papua

2 https://humanrightspapua.org/news/32-2020/688-humanitarian-team-for-intan-jaya-shares-its-findings-concerning-the-killing-of-pastor-zanambani

3 https://humanrightspapua.org/news/32-2020/687-security-force-members-accuse-victim-of-being-tpn-pb-member

4 https://humanrightspapua.org/news/32-2020/684-allegations-of-enforced-disappearance-in-nduga-regency-two-indigenous-leaders-missing-after-military-operation

5 https://caat.org.uk/resources/countries/indonesia/