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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.

Read Benny's story »


Solomon Islands supports West Papuan self-determination at the United Nations General Assembly
Vanuatu supports West Papuan self-determination at the United Nations General Assembly
Tuvalu supports West Papuan self-determination at the United Nations General Assembly
Solomon Islands condemns West Papua human rights abuses, at the UN Human Rights Council
West Papua: Five facts about Indonesia’s occupation
A message of thanks and the story of the Swim for West Papua Petition in pictures
93 West Papuan children reportedly die from disease caused by Indonesian government negligence
CALL TO ACTION: Help pressure the UN General Assembly on social media!
Indonesian journalist faces up to 4 years in prison for comparing plight of Rohingya to plight of West Papuans
More of the same: human rights in West Papua, July-September 2017
West Papuan youth killed and others shot by the Indonesian police for protesting against exploitation
New Zealand Council of Trade Unions supports West Papuan self-determination
Up to 32 West Papuan people reportedly arrested and tortured in Sorong
Demonstrations in Samoa and Papua New Guinea call upon Pacific Islands Forum to support West Papua
ULMWP appeals to The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) to support West Papuan self-determination
West Papua film screening night in Melbourne, Australia
Beyond the Pacific: West Papua on the World Stage Conference
Historic swim delivers Free West Papua petition across Lake Geneva to the United Nations
Swim for West Papua currently delivering the Global Petition for West Papua to the United Nations
Press release on Swim & Petition; Please send to all your networks!

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.

  • 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).

  • Hold a Free West Papua benefit gig or other music event »

    There has been so much awareness and support raised for the cause from people holding Free West Papua benefit gigs and similar music events. You can set up your own benefit gig and let the power of music chant down oppression for a Free West Papua!

  • Join our ‘Rockin for West Papua’ global peace concert – October 2017 »

    Rockin For West Papua 2017 dates have been set for a weekend of global action in October. EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST are invited from bands, artists, venues or promoters that would like be involved.

  • Come to our events »

    The Free West Papua Campaign regularly holds events all around the world to raise awareness, support and funds for the cause and we encourage everyone available to come to these to and invite others to come also.

What’s Happening? »

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

"I am standing with many Australians and West Papuans to call for the freedom of West Papua. West Papua has been colonised and occupied for many, many years now and the West Papuan people want their freedom, sovereignty and their own self-direction."

John Butler

John Butler


Where is West Papua? »

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