Freedom advocators urge Indonesia to grant self-determination to Moluccas

An earlier delegation from Moluccas poses with VFWP delegate (second from left) By Len Garae
An earlier delegation from Moluccas poses with VFWP delegate (second from left) By Len Garae

The Vanuatu Free West Papua and Moluccas Association (VFWP/MA), Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs (MNCC) and Vanuatu Association of Non-Government Organisations (VANGO), representing other major Civil Society Organisations, have formally resolved that as of April 24 2019 they will start to speak out and advocate for the self-determination for the people of Moluccas.

They will also “express solidarity with the commitments of the leaders of the Government of Vanuatu. All the West Papuan and Moluccas Support groups around the globe call on the Indonesian Government to stop all forms of human rights violations in Moluccas, and facilitate the peaceful processes of their self–determination”.

A communique issued stated, “The record of all our human histories, proved that the Melanesians are the most hated ethnic group in the world, and we need to be united in all our efforts to ensure that our oppressors should have learned and repented from the past barbarous treatments, our forefathers received during the black birding and slave-trade era, and learn to treat the present victims of colonization with more respect so that we can live happily together in this world.

“In the true spirit of solidarity and partnership with all the people of Vanuatu and all the West Papuan and Moluccas solidarity groups in the world.”

The Vanuatu Communique which was signed in Port Vila on April 24 of 2019, and carried the signatures of five leaders representing their organisations namely the Chairman of the Vanuatu Christian Council (VCC), President of the Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs, Spokesperson of United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Chairman of Vanuatu Non-Government Organisations (VANGO) and Executive Administrator for the People of Moluccas.

Source: Daily Post Vanuatu

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