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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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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 Rise of the Morning Star »

    This year on 1st December the Free West Papua Campaign is calling on people all around the world to take pictures of themselves holding or raising the West Papuan Morning Star flag in solidarity with the people of 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.

"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.