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My name is Benny Wenda and I am a West Papuan independence leader.

When I was a child my village was bombed by the Indonesian military and many of my family were killed. Later, I began to campaign peacefully to free my country from Indonesian occupation. For this ‘crime’ I was arrested, tortured and threatened with death.

I managed to escape to the UK, where I now live in exile. My people are still suffering. Hundreds of thousands have been killed, raped and tortured. All we want is to live without fear and for West Papua to become a free and independent country.

Please hear my peoples’ cry for help. Please support the Free West Papua Campaign.

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Crowdfunding for new nation state launches on Indiegogo
Flood disaster in West Papua
US State Department: West Papuans jailed for supporting referendum
Indonesia sends 600 Indonesian soldiers to secure controversial road in West Papua
United Kingdom: Parliamentary motion demands action on chemical weapon attacks
Indonesian police say they will “arrest anyone” calling for West Papua’s independence
United Nations experts condemn human rights abuses, impunity and racism in West Papua
ULMWP gathers West Papuan people of Doberai in Manokwari show their support for petition
West Papuan man shot by the Indonesian police in Merauke
Pacific Islands Forum describes Vanuatu’s support for West Papua as “admirable”
Chairman of the ULMWP condemns Indonesian crack-down on freedom of expression
Indonesian police admit to torturing West Papuan activist with a snake
Indonesia signals it will allow UN to visit West Papua, after historic West Papuan people’s petition
UN Human Rights Commissioner confirms receiving the West Papuan petition
West Papuan Petition for Referendum signed by 1.8 million people delivered to the UN
UK Parliamentarians welcome handing-in of historic West Papuan People’s Petition
Press Release: Historic petition for West Papuan self-determination handed to UN High Commissioner amidst humanitarian crisis and alleged chemical weapons use
West Papuan leaders blame deaths of three babies on Indonesian crackdown
International Coalition for Papua on Nduga Case – Rescue team publishes first report on massacre and military raids

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What’s Happening? »

Indonesian security forces have committed gross human rights abuses against the indigenous Papuans, with over 500,000 civilians killed to date.

"It's time the United Nations made amends for its collusion with Indonesia's annexation of West Papua in the 1960s. The people of West Papua have a right to self-determination. The UN should supervise a referendum to allow a genuine act of free choice."

Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell

Human rights campaigner

Where is West Papua? »

West Papua is the western half of the island of New Guinea, just 200 km north of Australia.