Global Petition for West Papua launched in Papua New Guinea
April 1, 2017
This week, the global petition for West Papuan self-determination was launched in Papua New Guinea. This historic, grassroots petition, which was originally launched at the British parliament in Westminster on 27th January, is being shared around the world both online and offline and now has over 20,000 signatures.
On 25th March, Hon. Powes Parkop, the governor of the capital city Port Moresby, along with a Free West Papua Campaign representative spoke to thousands of people about the global petition for West Papua and the fundamental need for PNG to show solidarity. This was warmly received, and was followed by the petition being shared in other communities of PNG, before being taken to the PNG parliament. Among those receiving the petition, Hon, Gary Juffa, the governor of Oro Province showed his keen support. Governor Juffa was present at the Westminster Declaration for an Internationally Supervised Vote for West Papua and is a longstanding advocate for West Papua’s freedom.
Papua New Guinea is crucial for West Papua as the people share the same culture, heritage and history. We are delighted to see the ever increasing support and Melanesian solidarity from PNG for their wantoks across the border in occupied West Papua.
Elsewhere in PNG, people are sharing the petition and calling on others to do the same. Take a look at some of the amazing pictures we’ve already had!
About the petition and how you can help
This petition calls upon the UN Secretary General to – “appoint a Special Representative to investigate the human rights situation in West Papua; – put West Papua back on the Decolonisation Committee agenda and ensure their right to self‐determination ‐- denied to them in 1969 -‐ is respected by holding an Internationally Supervised Vote (in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolutions 1514 and 1541 (XV)).”
After collecting tens of thousands of signatures, in August 2017 the petition will be taken by a team of swimmers and literally swum across Lake Geneva and into the hands of the United Nations! YOU can make sure YOUR NAME is included too and show support by signing and sharing the West Papua petition here. More info about the Swim for West Papua team can be found on their website.
You can share our offline petition here and if possible, please do send a photo to us of the signatures collected and we will manually add it to our online petition.
You can also print out the #SwimForWestPapua poster here and send photos of you and other people in your city supporting the petition! We will post the photos to our social media, sharing your support to the world!
Let’s all get together and raise support and awareness for the people of West Papua to peacefully determine their own future of freedom. #BackTheSwim #LetWestPapuaVote!