Today, we – here at the West Papua Human Rights Center here in Washington, D. C and Virginia – honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream of a peaceful integrated America where everyone is “judged not by the color of his skin but by the content of his character.” His teachings and speeches inspired the pioneers of our Nonviolent Movement and continue to inspire our political activists today.
His teachings inspired me personally and today I attended the ceremony at the Martin Luther King memorial here in Washington D.C to pay my respect to the man that inspired many of us.
This month also marks 14th year since I escaped West Papua, and I will continue to fight for justice, democracy, and the freedom of our people till we finally achieved it. MLK once said:
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!
Injustice in West Papua is injustice everywhere, but we will defeat that injustice and bring justice to our people.
May his dream and legacy live on in our hearts.
West Papua Human Rights Center
Washington, D.C & Virginia