Bougaonville Update - 30/5/96

Sasha Baer sashab at
Thu May 30 13:20:44 MDT 1996

Bougainville Freedom Movement Media Release, 30/5/96

You are invited to the launch of the second volume of "Marilyn's List" - A
compilation of Human Rights Abuses Perpetrated Against the People of
Bougainville, 1989-1996.  Marilyn's List is a unique event in Australian
publishing and a stark commentary on seven years of war on Bougainville.  It
presents a highly detailed account of many hundreds of deaths, tortures,
burnings, rapes, amputations and other human rights violations with names,
dates, locations, descriptions, alleged perpetrators and sources from

This second volume presents detail of fresh atrocities and information
updates on human rights violations contained in Volume 1.  A prominent Papua
New Guinea member of Parliament from Wewak was reported on 8 May, 1996, in
the Port Moresby Daily 'Post Courier' front page, to call on .."the
Ombudsman Commission and the Public Prosecutor to rise up and defend the
rights of the Bougainville people", in the article "Narakobi sounds alarm
over Bougainville Violations".

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions, Bacre
Waly N'diaye speaking after Volume 1 was published, demanded "international,
non-government human rights and humanitarian organisations should be allowed
access to all the people of Bougainville ...".  Senator Christobel
Chamarette (WA Greens) commended "the publication Marilyn Havini put
together... it will be of value to all organisations involved in pursuing
human rights."  Cyril Hally speaking for Pax Christi said, "Marilyn is to be
thanked... The evidence presented is shocking."

Like Volume 1, this book is the work of Marilyn Havini, an Australian school
teacher, who 25 years ago, married a Bougainville Chief, Moses Havini.  Over
the past seven years, Marilyn has lost more than a hundred relatives and
friends in the war.  It was the savagery inflicted on villagers that drove
Marilyn to compile this Report.

The launch will be addressed by two Bougainvillean women, Lillian Crofts,
Australia's first Bougainvillean refugee (whose refugee status was granted
by our Immigration Review Tribunal) and Lucy Morris who ran the blockade to
bring news of what is really happening on Bougainville to the outside world.
Marilyn Havini will also speak and be available for interview.

The media are invited to two events on Friday, 31 May, 1996:
*	Media Conference at 2.00pm at 61 Sussex Street (near cnr of Eskine St).
	Parking available for media - please ring 558-2730 if parking is required.

*	Book Launch following dinner at 7.00pm,
	Glebe Town Hall, 160 St Johns Road, Glebe.

Enquiries anytime to Mandy 660-1604 or 804-7602 or 558-2730.


Contact Details:

Vikki John (BFM)     +61-2-558-2730   email: V.john at
Moses Havini (BIG)   +61-2-804-7602
Max Watts            +61-2-818-2343   email: MWATTS at
(Journalist specialising in Bougainville, East Timor and West Papua issues)

Bougainville Freedom Movement
P.O. Box 134, Erskineville, NSW 2043, Australia


Regards Sasha

Sasha Baer
International Amateur Radio Network
Bougainville Freedom Movement
Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol
Voicemail: +61-2-513-5614
sashab at

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