Jumat, 24 September 2010

Referendum for West Papua (Petition Online)

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To: the People and government of the Netherlands

We petition the good people of the Netherlands to urgently sponsor a motion at the United Nations General Assembly asking that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) provide an advisory opinion on the legality of the 1962 Agreement between the Netherlands and Indonesia regarding West Papua, and advisory opinion whether West Papua is a colony. 

In 1962 the Netherlands government was pressed by the United States to sign an agreement trading the people of West Papua without their consent to administration by Indonesia. The United States in 1995 released a summary identifying McGeorge Bundy as the person who promoted this trade to President Kennedy, and we have subsequently learnt that Mr Bundy was a family friend of Freeport director Robert Lovett. In 1967 General Suharto sold West Papuan mining rights to the Freeport corporation, and in 1969 the news media mistakenly alleged the United Nations had conducted and endorsed the Indonesian 'Act of Free Choice' as a referendum by which West Papua chose to become part of Indonesia.

We believe West Papua is legally a Dutch colony entitled to self-determination just as East Timor was a Portuguese colony entitled to self-determination in 1999. We believe there was no legal right to trade West Papua administration in 1962 without the people's consent, and that the agreement was contrary to the previous United Nations General Assembly resolutions 1514 and 1541.

Resolution 1514 declares:
  1. The subjection of peoples to alien subjugation, domination and exploitation constitutes a denial of fundamental human rights, is contrary to the Charter of the United Nations and is an impediment to the promotion of world peace and co-operation. 
  2. All peoples have the right to self-determination; by virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development. 
  3. Inadequacy of political, economic, social or educational preparedness should never serve as a pretext for delaying independence. 
  4. All armed action or repressive measures of all kinds directed against dependent peoples shall cease in order to enable them to exercise peacefully and freely their right to complete independence, and the integrity of their national territory shall be respected. 
  5. Immediate steps shall be taken, in Trust and Non-Self-Governing Territories or all other territories which have not yet attained independence, to transfer all powers to the peoples of those territories, without any conditions or reservations, in accordance with their freely expressed will and desire, without any distinction as to race, creed or colour, in order to enable them to enjoy complete independence and freedom. 
  6. Any attempt aimed at the partial or total disruption of the national unity and the territorial integrity of a country is incompatible with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. 
  7. All States shall observe faithfully and strictly the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the present Declaration on the basis of equality, non-interference in the internal affairs of all States, and respect for the sovereign rights of all peoples and their territorial integrity. 
We invite all people who support human rights and the rule of law to support this pray to the people of the Netherlands.


Sign your online petition via: http://www.petitiononline.com/voice4wp/

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