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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 »

West Papua Warriors Rugby League team raise awareness for West Papua and win first international match
Free West Papua Campaign activities held in Newcastle
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

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.

  • GLOBAL CALL FOR ACTION- FEBRUARY 2016 »

    This month we are calling on all of our supporters across the globe to write to their local representatives, to encourage them to add their voices to the International Parliamentarians for West Papua. This is the simplest and most powerful way to show your solidarity- and it only takes around five minutes of your time.

  • Ask your UK MP to attend the February meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on West Papua »

    We are asking all of our UK supporters to contact their local representatives to urge them to attend the next meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on West Papua on the 23rd of February. Your MP has a duty to represent your concerns within Parliament and this is your chance to raise their awareness and compel them into action! The UK is a current member of the Human Rights Council and we need to make sure that the Government sends a clear message that the situation in West Papua is unacceptable.

  • 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!

What’s Happening? »

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

"The people of West Papua have been denied their basic human rights including the right to self-determination. Their cry for justice has fallen largely on deaf ears. I will keep them in my prayers in their hour of need."

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Nobel Peace Prize winner

Where is West Papua? »

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