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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 »


Yanto Awerkion’s trial adjourned again after prosecution witnesses ‘fail to answer questions’ 
14 West Papuan activists arrested for flying a flag
Yanto Awerkion’s trial postponed until Thursday after Indonesian judge fails to show up to court
Sydney Criminal Lawyers interview with Raki Ap about Yanto Awerkion
West Papuan teenager shot dead by the Indonesian police on Christmas Day
West Papuan youth tortured to death by the Indonesian military on New Year’s Day
Filep Karma interrogated and racially abused by Indonesian military for wearing West Papuan flag badge
The Free West Papua Campaign in 2017.
Call to action #FreeYanto
World’s eyes on Indonesia as Political Prisoner Yanto Awerkion is tried for ‘Treason’ over Support For West Papua Independence Petition – 9th January 2018
Indonesian military and police shoot 5 West Papuan people and torture 4, including children
Christmas and New Year message from West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda
Join our appeal to help Free Yanto Awerkion!
66 arrested and 4 beaten at solidarity rallies held in 14 Indonesian cities to reject Indonesia’s occupation of West Papua
West Papuan activist dies from Indonesian police torture
16 year old boy shot as West Papuans commemorate Human Rights Day
Yanto Awerkion remains behind bars for supporting the West Papuan People’s Petition
Benny Wenda elected as Chairperson of ULMWP
Photos and thanks after Global Flag Raising for West Papua!
Global Flag Raising for West Papua starts today!

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.

  • Donate »

    Please help us free Yanto. Yanto has spent Christmas in a jail cell just for signing a petition…. We want to get him out in the New Year. His trial date is set for the 9th January so we only have a few weeks to raise funds to help free Yanto.

  • 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!".

  • 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).

What’s Happening? »

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

"Certainly one of the most horrific genocides of the last 50 years, unbelievably it remains almost ignored by the world. This must cease and West Papua's call for freedom - Papua Medeka - must be heard and supported by all who believe in peace and justice. It's up to all of us."

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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.