Refugees are people who have flead and feared returning to their nation
on a well-founded fear of persecution for membership of a racial, ethnic,
political, or social group.
Refugees are forced from their countries by political strife, civil conflict
or gross human rights abuse.
There were an estimated 14.9 million refugees
and over 22 million consider as internally displaced persons (IDPs)
in the world in 2001.
Though there have been tens of thousands of refugees from West Papua
in PNG for decades, PNG is in fear of Indonesia should it identify
the West Papuan people as refugees for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Inside West Papua are entire communities who have been in hidding
from the Indonesian military (TNI) and other militia for years and
Across the border in PNG tens of thousands of West Papuan people
are restricted to camps and refused permission to tell the media
why they had to flee their own home lands.
- 3 July 2008
- West Papuan refugees in neighbouring PNG seek escape
from indifference of Port Moresby.
West Papua Refugees
camped at Apex Park Boroko, Port Moresby,
Papua New Guinea wish to raise the following concerns regarding
the continued displacement of their families in Port Moresby.
- 2006 Australia Policy Online
- REFUGEES West Papua's forgotten asylum seekers
- July 2005
Fr. Neles Tebay :
"Beginning in August 2004 a fresh military operation has been
conducted in the Puncak Jaya district.
At least some 6,000 Papuans from 27 villages have taken refuge,
and been starving, in the jungle;
15 people including 13 children died in a refuge camp.
The whole region is closed off.
Humanitarian workers are not allowed to visit the region.
Although no independent investigation has yet been conducted,
some local and international human rights groups estimate that
at least a hundred thousand Papuans have been killed by Indonesian security forces.
Many other Papuans have been victims of torture, intimidation, and arbitrary detentions.
Many Papuan women have been victims of sexual abuse.
In every military operation, food gardens are also destroyed;
domesticated pigs are killed;
people?s houses and church buildings are burnt down;
and Papuan men, women and children are massacred."
- Social Change At What Cost? Refugees
- 1962 Aug 18
- 8,000 seek asylum in Australian New Guinea from Indonesian rule.
- 1962 Aug 22
- The Bishop Armidale,
the Rt. Rev. J. S. Moyes, yesterday said that with the West New Guinea settlement,
Australians were in an explosive situation which could affect areas
and peoples beyond the limits of West New Guinea. . . .
Questions for Government . . .
(1) Will the Government give a clear and unequivocal undertaking
that it will grant asylum without question to political refugees
from West New Guinea? . . .
- 1969 May 16
- Irian rebellion puts Australia on spot
. . . There have been a sharp increase in the
number of these crossings since 1967 when the figure rose to 866.
More than 300 have come across already this year.
If they have genuine fears about returning they are allowed to stay,
provided they move away from the border area and don't engage in
- 1969 May 17
- Soldiers are Hunting for Natives
Indonesian Army patrols are fanning out to the
mountains and bushes around the high Wissel Lake region in the Central
Highlands of West Irian to hunt down rebel tribesmen and bring them
back to their villages, missionaries said in Jayapura yesterday.
The missionaries said the troops, mainly paracommandos were in firm
control of he region. They said the town of Enarotali and some
surrounding villages were deserted by the natives.
- 1969 May 23
- Wounded native flees Papua from Indonesians
Canberra, Today. - A West Irian native shot by Indonesian police has fled
across the border into Papua-New Guinea . . . The man whose arm was
shattered is now recovering at Wewak Hospital on the northern coast of
New Guinea. The department said Indonesian police were reported to have
hit him with automatic fire as he fled.
Four West Irianese helped him across the border to a border patrol post
at Wutung on the West Sepik coast on Tuesday, then returned to West Irian.
- 1969 May 26
- Two West Irianese who say Indonesian troops shot up their camp have
reached a remote mission and triggered a border alarm in southern Papua.
The Indonesians probably crossed into Australian territory to attack the camp.
250 People there.
The Administration was aware that a camp had been
established in the border area and up to 250 West Irianese were living in it.
The camp was thought to be just inside Australian territory.
The two mean did not know what happened to their friends.