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Benny-Wenda

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.

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Latest News »

Action Needed: Ask your UK MP to attend the February meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on West Papua
Punks for West Papua documentary exposes the secret genocide
Solomon Islands PM reiterates West Papua support
Reporters without Borders condemns Indonesia for rejecting Foreign Journalist visa
US Ambassador concerned about Indonesia’s Human Rights Abuses in West Papua
Another West Papuan youth tortured by the Indonesian police in Nabire
Responses to threats from the Indonesian Police and Intelligence Agency
Benny Wenda responds to the Indonesian government, “West Papua will never be part of Indonesia.”
More than 700 West Papuan people persecuted – Human Rights abuses in West Papua have increased under Jokowi
2 West Papuans shot dead, 2 more tortured to death and 8 others injured in Yapen Massacre
Indonesia’s deforestation in West Papua causing health problems in Papua New Guinea and Micronesia
Indonesian government ‘forcing all NGOs to leave West Papua’
Winners of the 1st December Flag Raising award, 2015
Reported massacre in Yapen – “Indonesia is committing a secret genocide in West Papua”
1 year on, still no justice for Paniai massacre victims
FWPC travel to South Africa and meet with Civil Society leaders
Benny Wenda addresses and thanks Oxford City Council for their support
Thank you letter to all supporters after the Global Flag Raising for West Papua
Photos from the Global Flag Raising for West Papua
Indonesian authorities kill 2 Papuans, shoot 7, arrest 306 and beat local and foreign journalists

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.

  • 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!".

  • Build political support »

    Ask your political representative to join the International Parliamentarians for West Papua (IPWP) and call for the UN to recognise West Papua's right to independence.

  • Print Free West Papua leaflets and other materials »

    Help to Take Action for West Papua by downloading a wide variety of Campaign Materials including leaflets, letters and posters. They are high resolution and print/download-ready.

  • 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!

  • Ask your government to support media freedom in West Papua »

    Join the international call for media freedom in West Papua. Please request your government to pressure Indonesia to allow access to West Papua for international journalists.

What’s Happening? »

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

"West Papuans have suffered 50 years of human rights violations, discrimination and abuse at the hands of Indonesia after it fraudulently took control of West Papua in a staged 'referendum' organised by the UN. I hope to continue working closely with the Free West Papua Campaign to ensure the EU applies and keeps up the pressure on Indonesia and the UN to grant the peoples of West Papua a properly conducted referendum on independence."

Caroline Lucas

Caroline Lucas

British MP

Where is West Papua? »

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