Papuan pro-independence leader calls for referendum

4:12 pm on 27 October 2016/RNZI

A Papuan pro-independence leader Filep Karma has called on the Indonesian government to hold a referendum on independence.

West Papuan independence campaigner Filep Karma.

West Papuan independence campaigner Filep Karma. Photo: RNZI / Koroi Hawkins

Mr Karma is a former political prisoner who was released last year after being jailed for 11 years for raising the banned Morning Star flag.

He told the Jakarta Post that the long-demanded referendum was a win-win solution for both the government and the Papuan people, who still suffered from mistreatment and abuse despite the region being granted special autonomy status.

Mr Karma said the referendum would provide a fair mechanism for Papuans to decide for themselves whether they wanted to remain as part of the unitary state of Republic of Indonesia or independence.

He said should the referendum result show that Papuans wanted to remain Indonesian citizens, the rebels would stop demand separation.

He said however that the government should also promise Papuans a peaceful transfer to independence if the referendum showed otherwise.

Indonesia annexed the former Dutch colony after a 1969 UN-backed vote which is widely seen as a farce.


  1. I’d personally also like to express that most of those that find themselves with out health insurance are normally students, self-employed and those that are laid-off. More than half with the uninsured are under the age of Thirty-five. They do not come to feel they are requiring health insurance simply because they’re young plus healthy. Their income is generally spent on housing, food, and entertainment. Lots of people that do go to work either 100 or as a hobby are not supplied insurance via their jobs so they head out without owing to the rising tariff of health insurance in the us. Thanks for the suggestions you reveal through your blog.

  2. Jack Bower says:

    Today, I went to the beachfront with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!

  3. Hi there, I found your blog via Google while searching for a related topic, your website came up, it looks great. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

  4. Would you be enthusiastic about exchanging links?

  5. Just a smiling visitor here to share the love (:, btw outstanding style.

  6. Emma Lyman says:

    I would like to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in writing this blog. I am hoping to check out the same high-grade content from you in the future as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my own blog now 😉

  7. Phil Cornish says:

    Great write-up, I’m normal visitor of one’s web site, maintain up the nice operate, and It’s going to be a regular visitor for a long time.

  8. Your style is really unique compared to other people I’ve read stuff from. Many thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this site.

  9. Okay this YouTube video is much better than previous one, this one has nice picture quality as well as audio.

  10. Carolyn Hill says:

    Fascinating blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog stand out. Please let me know where you got your theme. Bless you

  11. Jake Smith says:

    Someone essentially help to make seriously articles I would state. This is the first time I frequented your website page and thus far? I surprised with the research you made to make this particular publish amazing. Great job!

  12. Mary Mackay says:

    Wow! Thank you! I permanently wanted to write on my blog something like that. Can I implement a portion of your post to my website?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.