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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.

Read Benny's story »

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.

  • 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.

  • Sign the Petition calling for UN Human Rights inspectors having access to West Papua »

    Please sign this new petition calling for United Nations Human Rights inspectors to be allowed access to West Papua. Together, we will get the UN to act and find out the truth about the genocide and illegal occupation of West Papua. #FreeWestPapua

  • 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!

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 recognise the inalienable right of the indigenous people of West Papua to self-determination which was violated in the 1969 "Act of Free Choice". The human rights of each of us are undermined if the human rights of others are denied."

Rt Hon Andrew Smith MP

Rt Hon Andrew Smith MP

Chairman of International Parliamentarians for West Papua (IPWP)

Where is West Papua? »

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