Thank you for signing the West Papua petition

In January 2017, the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), supported by the Free West Papua Campaign launched a Global Petition to the United Nations which stated;

We call on you to urgently address the human rights situation in West Papua and to review the UN’s involvement in the administration of West Papua that led to its unlawful annexation by Indonesia ‐- and the human rights abuse that continues today. We call upon you 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))

*****Over 170,000 people from 186 countries have signed it in international solidarity with the people of West Papua***** and if you want to still add your name, click here!

On 29th August, the petition was swum for over 28 hours across the 69km of Lake Geneva and taken to the United Nations. We did it!

MESSAGE OF THANKS TO YOU ALL FROM WEST PAPUAN INDEPENDENCE LEADER BENNY WENDA HERE

Thousands upon thousands of West Papuans have signed the parallel West Papuan People’s Petition since it’s launch. The Indonesian authorities have responded by intimidating and even arresting groups and individuals who have signed it. The Avaaz website, which is hosting the online petition, is blocked across the whole of Indonesia.

Yanto Awerkion, behind prison bars for supporting the petition.

One West Papuan activist, Yanto Awerkion, remains imprisoned after being arrested the Indonesian security services for collecting signatures. He is currently facing charges of “rebellion” under Article 106 of the Criminal Code, which faces a 15 year jail sentence.

Taking on the petition as their own and motivated by the opportunity to finally have their voices heard at the UN, West Papuans began organising and signing physical copies of the petition in secret. Huge numbers of people have been risking their safety to add their names.

Now the petition is safely out of West Papua, and the numbers of signatures are being counted and officially validated.

Further announcements on this will be made, as and when they unfold.

More information about the strategy behind the West Papua’s global petition;

In May of 2016, the ULMWP announced to the world their call for an internationally supervised vote. At a gathering in London of parliamentarians, diplomats, lawyers, researchers, advocates and West Papuan leaders, the Westminster Declaration was launched.

Guided by government and diplomatic representatives from the Pacific and supported by voices from Latin America and Africa, the Westminster Declaration stated:

We the undersigned Members of Parliament:

I.

Declare that continued human rights violations in West Papua are unacceptable.

II.

Warn that without international action the West Papuan people risk extinction.

III.

Reiterate the right of the people of West Papua to genuine self-determination.

IV.

Declare the 1969 ‘Act of Free Choice’ to be a gross violation of this principle.

V.

Call for an internationally supervised vote on self-determination in accordance

with UN General Assembly Resolutions 1514 and 1541 (XV).

Since then, lobbying the UN has become focused on several specific demands:

For The Human Rights Council to appoint a Special Representative to investigate the human rights situation.

For West Papua to be re-instated on the list of non-self-governing territories and back on the agenda of the Decolonisation Committee.

For Secretary General Antonio Guterres to ensure their right to self-determination (denied to them in 1969) is respected by holding and internationally supervised vote.

Endorsed by the ULMWP, the public petition was designed to show popular and grass roots support for the Westminster Declaration and draw the world’s attention to the ongoing ‘slow-motion genocide’.

We believe this petition should be seen as a mandate on behalf of the West Papuan people, demanding their right to self-determination be actualised through an internationally supervised vote.

It deserves to be heard by the UN at the highest possible level, and to greatest effect. It is our aim to have the petition brought to the attention of Secretary General Guterres, as well as Committee on Decolonisation (C24) and the Human Rights Council.

Thank you again for your support, and please continue to stand with West Papua.

PAPUA MERDEKA