Remember the Biak Massacre of July 6, 1998 where over 150 West Papuans were tortured, mutilated and massacred

Filep Karma former Papuan political prisoners

“We will talk about the Biak case.

But what happened in Biak didn’t just take place on that island. Similar things have happened in other places too. Like in Paniai, in the highlands. The military gathered people and asked them “Do you know where the OPM fighters are?” The people didn’t answer because they did not know. Some didn’t dare to answer because the fighters were their own relatives.

But the military did not care.

The group of men from Paniai were told to bend over, then the military burned an iron rod, then shoved it in their anuses until it came out of their heads, came out of their mouths or wherever the rod came out from but what’s clear they burned the iron rod until it was red hot then shoved it to their behind.

PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TREATED WITH INHUMANE ACTS.

WE ARE NOT TREATED AS HUMANS.

This has happened in Biak, and then in Manokwari, in Paniai and other places where the Papuan people were fighting for freedom.
The military even did these acts in places where people weren’t fighting.

THEY ABUSED THE PEOPLE IN THE SAME WAY.

WE ALL FELT THAT WE WERE ANNEXED INSTEAD OF BEING PART OF A NATION CALLED INDONESIA.

WE HAVE BEEN TREATED INHUMANELY, AND THAT HAS HURT US.

When it happened in Paniai, We also felt it in Biak.

WE FELT IT IF IT HAPPENED IN BIAK, PANIAI, NABIRE, JAYAPURA, WAMENA, MERAUKE OR SORONG.

WE ALL FELT HURT by what has happened to our brothers”.

  • Filep Karma’s testimony at the Biak Massacre Citizens Tribunal in 2013.

More info: https://www.biak-tribunal.org

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Presiden Joko Widodo Scott Morrison (ScoMo)

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