West Papuan people unite under ULMWP to support the global petition

April 5, 2017

Today around 1000 people gathered in Waena in Port Numbay/Jayapura, the capital city of West Papua to launch the manual petition for West Papuan self-determination, supporting the online version. The 5th April 2017 marks exactly 56 years to the day that the Nieuw Guinea Raad or New Guinea Council first met in West Papua and affirmed the fundamental right to self-determination of the West Papuan people.

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) states: “The three main Independence organisations within West Papua: the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation (WPNCL), the Federated Republic of West Papua (NRFPB) and the West Papua National Parliament (PNWP), were all represented under the umbrella of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP). All three organisations stood together to declare their support for this petition, thereby supporting the Westminster Declaration for an Internationally Supervised Vote for West Papua. The vote itself is to be held in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolutions 1514 and 1541 (XV)).”

Speaking on the petition launch, ULMWP Spokesperson Benny Wenda said “This is a truly historic and important moment for the people of West Papua as it is the first time the three main Independence organisations have signed the petition calling for an Internationally Supervised Vote in West Papua. I emphasise the need for unity among all West Papuan people and organisations to support this petition. We are united as one in our struggle for our fundamental right to self-determination.”

He also said “We hope that this will also encourage further international solidarity for West Papua, at a parliamentary and grassroots level. The time is now. I appeal to everyone around the world to support the West Papuan people’s campaign for self-determination. Let West Papua Vote.”

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!

Below is a gallery of some of the other photos taken during the launching. All photos in this article are from the West Papua National Committee (KNPB). The KNPB is affiliated with the West Papua National Parliament and mediated this launching.