"“Destroy them first. We will discuss human rights matters later.” These are
the reported words of Bambang Soesatyo, chairman of the People’s Consultative
Assembly to the Indonesian military (TNI), last month.
He was talking about the Indigenous people of the contested territory of West
Papua, who are seeking independence from Indonesia. This has sparked concerns
West Papua may again be on the brink of a violent crackdown — or worse —
executed by Indonesia’s elite security forces, including the notorious
These have occurred before, for example, the well-documented massacres in the
Baliem Valley in 1977-78 and on Biak Island in 1998.
The world said nothing about these events when they were happening — they were
conducted out of public sight. If violence is committed again, the world cannot
in clear conscience turn away."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics