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FREE WEST PAPUA CAMPAIGN

www.freewestpapua.org
P.O. Box 656, Oxford, OX3 3AP England, U.K. Tel: 07411053953

MESSAGE OF SUPPORT FROM BENNY WENDA

Dear Friends of West Papua,

1st December 2012 is a very significant day for West Papua. It is 51 years
since the Kingdom of the Netherlands recognised our Parliament the Neguna Raad
Council, our national anthem and our national flag the Morning Star on 1st
December 1961.

 In 1963 Indonesia occupied West Papua and banned our flag, our anthem and our

parliament.

My people have been crying for freedom for the last 51 years. No one heard
their cries for freedom because Indonesia silenced us in our own country. We
are under illegal occupation.

Today I am again asking all peoples across the world to help us. In Africa, in
South America, Australia, the Caribbean, and everywhere across the world, you
have freedom to raise your voice and to raise the Morning Star flag in
solidarity with the people of West Papua. Let the Morning Star fly freely in
your homes and your cities because we are banned by Indonesia from raising our
own flag.

Let us remember today Fillip Karma in jail for 15 years for raising the
Morning Star Flag, Yusak Pakage, Buchtar Tabuni, Forkorus Yaboisembut, and all
the other courageous West Papuans who are now political prisoners in their own
country.

The churches and civil society organisations estimate that 500,000 Papuans
have died since Indonesia invaded. On this 51st Anniversary of our brief
freedom, I am asking all people who believe in freedom and justice to help us
before it is too late.

Please ask your governments to stop supplying Indonesia with arms. We defend
ourselves with bows and arrows against bombs.

Please ask Indonesia to release all political prisoners. We are human beings
like you. Do we not have the same right to freedom of expression?

Please send journalists to West Papua to see for yourself what is happening to
us.

I write this message with my heart crying because my people are not free.
Thank you for all the support


Benny Wenda
West Papua Independence Leader.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

1st December 2012
Guyana MPs support West Papua’s right of self-determination
Today, 1st December is the 51st anniversary of West Papua’s freedom. It is the
day of recognition of West Papua’s identity, symbols and right to be a
separate and independent sovereign state.

Our dream of being a free and independent people was crushed by the Indonesia
invasion and military occupation in 1963. For 50 years the world has stood by
while we defend ourselves with bows and arrows against modern bombers and
fighter jets supplied by the western powers. 500,000 Papuans have died.
Amnesty International has already confirmed 100,000 deaths.

Today is a new day of hope for us. Members of the Guyana Parliament
representing 6 parties, have made a series of passionate and principled
statements in support of West Papua’s right of self-determination and
condemning Indonesia’s occupation of West Papua. Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, Deputy
Leader of the Opposition, stated that the MPs were proud to stand in
solidarity with the people of West Papua. Drawing on Guyana’s own experiences
of resistance against slavery, indentureship and colonialism, Dr Roopnaraine
said, “History tells us that oppressed people will not remain oppressed
forever……….We tell the oppressors of the people of West Papua that we know
oppression is going to be defeated as long as the fire of freedom burns
brightly in the hearts and minds of the oppressed.”

Ms Deborah Bakker, the Deputy Speaker, and a representative of A Partnership
for National Unity (APNU) representing 5 parties acknowledged that large
sections of the population of West Papua remain committed to an independent
West Papua. She confirmed that APNU would continue to support all legitimate
and peaceful activities of the free West Papua Campaign. Mr Nagamootoo of the
Alliance for Change expressed outrage that Indonesia should seek to stamp its
authority on West Papua as a coloniser.

In a written statement, Rashleigh Jackson, the former Minister of Foreign
Affairs for Guyana and a former President of the United Nations Security
Council said: “It is time to bring to a successful end the persistent and
courageous struggle of the people [of West Papua] for freedom and
independence. They deserve international support from the UN and other
international organisations, from global civil society, from governments and
from non-state actors, and indeed from individuals the world over. The
campaign to free West Papua is eminently worthy of support which I give
wholeheartedly.”


Guyanese MPs expressing solidarity for West Papua at Parliament building. In
the background is the historic Stabroek Market.

It was with sorrow that we learned of the arrest of Victor Yeimo, Alius Asso
and Usman Yogobi, during a peaceful march yesterday. The MPs demanded their
immediate release as well as the release of Filip Karma and other political
prisoners.

Despite being in prison, Filep Karma and Buchtar Tabuni sent a message
thanking the Guyana MPs for their support:

“1. On behalf of West Papuan people, we want to thank to goverment of Guyana
welcoming West Papua independence leader to Guyana. 2. We want to thank you
all cross Party Parliamentarian support West Papua right for independence 3.
We also thank you for people's of Guyana supporting our struggles for
independence. 4. We support International Parlementarian for West Papua in
Guyana. 5. Please be our voice.”

BUCHTAR TABUNI, leader of National Parliamen West Papua.
FILEP KARMA, the political prision

As I leave Guyana to continue my journey seeking support around the world, I
would like to again say thank you to the people of Guyana, the Government and
the MPs from the different parties who gave me a warm welcome with open
hearts.
The Guyanese people have a proud history of standing up against colonialism.
I go with a good spirit and I will tell my people that we are no longer alone
in our fight for justice and freedom against colonialism.


Benny Wenda
West Papua Independence Leader

http://www.ipwp.org/

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