The following short video, set the Simon and Garfunkel classic, “The Sounds of Silence” reveals a compelling insight to ongoing exploitation and human rights abuses in West Papua. Their legendary hit is covered by heavy metal band “Disturbed”. The video is short, but very powerful, giving the viewer a brief journey into the tragedy that is West Papua.
The Australian government and the international community, including the United Nations, have recieved ample information that there is a genocide happening in West Papua today, but fail to act.
Indonesia has been criticised for many human right’s abuses in the past which includes the mass slaughter of communists in 1965 in Indonesia itself, the invasion of East Timor in 1975, and now it’s illegal occupation of West Papua.
Indonesia guards West Papua aggressively, not allowing journalists, diplomats or human rights workers into the country. And it’s no surprise – the massive US owned Freeport McMoran gold and copper mine in West Papua is one of the Indonesia’s largest taxpayers. Australian companies also own a number of mines in West Papua.
Australia a quasi military ally of Indonesia through the 2006 Lombok Treaty (which was itself based on suppressing international support for West Papua), will find itself in an increasing awkward position: a self proclaimed promoter of human rights, yet a supporting actor in an occupation entailing crimes against humanity and genocide.