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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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News

Benny Wenda releases statement warning of danger to West Papuans during UNGA session
Report on the shooting of the members West Papua National Commitee (KNPB) activist in Timika
See the West Papua exhibit at The World Transformed 22nd – 25th September Liverpool
Breaking news: More mass arrests of peaceful protesters in West Papua during demonstration over Pacific Islands Forum
Amnesty International to Indonesia: Authorities must stop the crackdown on public events and peaceful assemblies
TAPOL and the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) call for immediate release of West Papuan student and Polish tourist bring held on treason charges
How much money is Indonesia spending on its war against West Papuans?  Statement by Jacob Rumbiak, Spokesperson of the ULMWP.
Pacific Champions call on leaders to support West Papua
Over 80 West Papuan people arrested for PIF demonstrations
Indonesian police shoot, torture and arrest West Papuan students in Jayapura
A look back at Swim for West Papua
The time for West Papua is now
A call for Pacific Islands Forum Leaders to take West Papua to the UN
Indonesian police arrest 8 West Papuan people and a Polish tourist
West Papuan students demand to be recognized as Melanesians not Indonesians
Indonesian police forces arrest dozens of West Papuan students during peaceful protest
Australia ramps up arms exports to Indonesia at the expense of West Papuan lives
Global actions underway for the anniversary of the signing of the ‘New York Agreement’
August 2nd – The value of public support for West Papua
Happy 38th Independence Day Vanuatu

Take Action »

Our campaign for self-determination for West Papua depends on you. Below are some of the latest ways you can help. Click the Take Action box for more.

  • Spread the word »

    We need to get the voices of the people of West Papua heard around the world. Join in their cry for freedom "Papua Merdeka!".

  • Take the Free West Papua challenge – Use your talents to support West Papua! »

    Could YOU use your talents or do something you've never done to raise support for West Papua? Could YOU take the #FreeWestPapuaChallenge?

  • Donate »

    You can help a lot by donating and supporting the Free West Papua Campaign's efforts. We operate with limited resources and face big challenges when it comes to fundraising. Most charitable funds will not support political campaigns and international awareness of the situation in West Papua is very limited as all NGOs and foreign journalists are banned from the country. So, despite the severity of this brutal occupation, we are forced to operate on a shoe-string.

  • Send this Letter to your MP asking them to support West Papua »

    To help West Papua gain essential support from parliaments and governments all around the world, please do send one of these ready made Template Letters to your local representative (such as an MP/Councillor etc) asking them to support the people of West Papua and their struggle for self-determination).

  • Build political support »

    Ask your political representative to join the International Parliamentarians for West Papua (IPWP) and call for the UN to recognise West Papua's right to independence.

What’s Happening? »

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

"The people of West Papua have been denied their basic human rights including the right to self-determination. Their cry for justice has fallen largely on deaf ears. I will keep them in my prayers in their hour of need."

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Nobel Peace Prize winner

Where is West Papua? »

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