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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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West Papua represented at the UK’s Cowley Road Carnival
World renowned artist Akala gives a shout out for West Papua
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West Papuan leader arrested and office raided for supporting petition
15 year old West Papuan boy tortured by the Indonesian police
West Papuan human rights commissioner tortured and threatened by the Indonesian police
Massacre of 5 people in 24 hours – Under Indonesia, West Papua is becoming another East Timor
Filep Karma supports the Global Petition and Swim for West Papua
West Papuan people arrested for signing Global Petition for West Papua
Westminster Declaration for West Papua launched in the Aotearoa New Zealand parliament
Support from world renowned artist J BOOG for West Papua
Indonesia under pressure during Universal Periodic Review and World Press Freedom Day over record in West Papua
URGENT: 200 West Papuans arrested, stabbed, 26 tortured, journalist attacked; all 2 days before World Press Freedom Day
Benny Wenda speaks out on World Press Freedom Day being held in Indonesia
West Papuan stage destroyed by Indonesian police before rally, residents threatened
ANZAC Day message from West Papuan Independence Leader Benny Wenda
West Papuan man shot by the Indonesian police in Sorong
West Papuan man tortured by the Indonesian military and police in Enarotali

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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.

"Papuans endure torture and murder carried out by the Indonesian military every day for simply living on their own land. They fear their cries for help will not be heard by the rest of the world. So many times we hear about atrocities occurring all over the world yet we do nothing, believing there's nothing that we can do. But we can all Take Action. For a better world tomorrow, it starts with our actions today. We have the power to create change."

Ryan Phillippe

Ryan Phillippe

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Where is West Papua? »

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