West Papuan national Plato Flassy

Fight for West Papua freedom rages on

But after 14 years in Australia, Flassy’s mission to inform is ongoing in the Far North, after the refugee headed a troupe of activists campaigning for the freedom of the besieged nation alongside Cairns MP Rob Pyne.

West Papua has experienced an often violent separatist conflict since being incorporated into Indonesia after a UN-backed referendum in 1969. 

Flassy said he was concerned for the welfare of relatives still in West Papua. 

He said his cousin was incarcerated yesterday as part of the anniversary for Dutch New Guinea’s integration into Indonesia.