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Marking the 54th Anniverary of the raising of the Morning Star flag

The Australian Greens have moved a Senate motion marking the 54th Anniverary of the raising of the Morning Star flag - a day celebrated as the unofficial day of Papuan Independence. 

Motion Text:

960:  Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Di Natale): To move-That the Senate-

(a) notes that 1 December 2015 marks the 54th anniversary of the raising of the Morning Star flag by the people of West Papua, a day celebrated as the unofficial day of Papuan independence;

(b) celebrates the long overdue release in November 2015 of West Papuan leader and political prisoner, Mr Filep Karma, who was convicted after leading a peaceful rally that included the raising of the Morning Star flag on 1 December 2004;

(c) calls on the Australian Government to express to the Indonesian Government the need for:

  • immediate amnesty and release of all remaining West Papuan political prisoners,
  • free media access to be specified in a presidential directive that makes clear obligations of government ministries and security forces to ensure unobstructed foreign media access to West Papua, and
  • free access for foreign researchers to West Papua; and

(d) affirms the right of the West Papuan people to self-determination, peace and security.

The Australian Greens have consulted widely with West Papuan advocacy groups, and deliberately support self-determination. Ultimately, independence has to be a decision of the West Papuan community, and it would be inappropriate for anyone to pre-empt the outcome of a free and fair vote. If the West Papuan community voted for an independent state, we would support them in that decision.

 

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