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Solomon Island Churches Commit to Advocating West Papua’s Freedo

Written By Suara Wiyaimana Papua on Jumat, 13 Juni 2014 | Jumat, Juni 13, 2014


Rev. Wilfred Kurepitu making his address at the closing of the consultation
Churches in the Solomon Islands have agreed to actively support the political independence struggle of the people in West Papua.
“We in the Solomon Islands have heard the cries of the peoples of West Papua and we commit to advocating their inherent right to gainful political self-determination and true freedom”, said Rev. Fr. Peter Houhou, of the Archdiocese of Honiara.
The re-articulation of this commitment to West Papua’s political self-determination by the Church is aligned with the mandate adopted by the Pacific Conference of Churches General Assembly – in the same meeting complex last year – which called on all Pacific churches to advocate for the freedom of peoples still under colonial rule in the Pacific.
“Whilst we in the Solomon Islands need to embark again on a journey to rethinking our own self-determination, we make this statement in recognition of our moral responsibility to heed the cries of our brothers and sisters in West Papua who are struggling for justice on a daily basis,” said Rev. Fr. Houhou.
The workshop participants learned that Churches must continue to exercise, without fear, its prophetic role in ‘speaking truth to power’, and in reclaiming this voice, stand up to defend, affirm and announce its solidarity with our brothers and sisters who suffer mightily under colonial oppression.
“It is the moral duty of the church to counter oppressive regimes of authority and to actively engage the struggle for justice, freedom and peace. We are hereby called, not only to wish freedom on people that remain under colonial rule, but to actively work in striving for all oppressed people’s freedom, which also includes our Pacific brothers and sisters in Kanaky New Caledonia) and Maohi Nui (French Polynesia),” said Rev. Wilfred Kurepitu, Moderator of the United Church in Solomon Island (UCSI).
In issuing this statement, Churches extend an invitation to all peoples across the Pacific and the world, to renew its active involvement in support of the decolonisation and political self-determination struggles of West Papua and other non-self-governing territories still under colonial rule.
In applauding its Government’s support in sponsoring Maohi Nui’s (French Polynesia) re-inscription into the list of UN Decolonisation List last year, Churches in the Solomon Islands, calls on its Government to urgently show similar support to West Papua’s struggle for political independence, in solidarity with the example set by the Government of Vanuatu.
The workshop on Rethinking the Household of God in the Solomon Islands took place June 02-04, 2014 in Honiara and was jointly organised by the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) and the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC).

For more information please contact Rev. Wilfred Kurepitu
Chairman of the Solomon Islands Christian Association.
Mobile- +677 7471 676

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