Indonesia accused of using Australian helicopters in West Papua 'genocide'
Helicopters supplied by Australia were used by Indonesia in a “genocidal”
crackdown on civilians in West Papua in the 1970s, a new report has
claimed. The report, conducted by the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights
Commission, says two Iroquois helicopters from Australia were among
the aircraft deployed by the Indonesian military in the central highlands of
Papua in 1977 and 1978.
The commission said the military
operations resulted in the death of more than 4,000 indigenous Papuans, often
from aerial assaults by helicopters and OV-10 Bronco planes, supplied by the
The report accuses Indonesian
soldiers of “brutal and inhumane” treatment of civilians, with survivors
telling the AHRC that officers forced elderly Papuans to eat their own
excrement, while those arrested by the military were lined up and
The report paints a disturbing
picture of sexual violence against Papuan women, with accounts of rape and
sexual abuse “common”. Some women had their breasts cut, while others were
buried, burnt and boiled alive.
In one incident, villagers were
bombed with napalm as they awaited planes they were told would deliver aid from
The military campaign intended to
quash support for the separatist Free Papua Movement, which was popular in the
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