ANZAC Day Message for 2015

ANZAC Day Message for 2015

A message from Benny Wenda on ANZAC Day, commemorating the West Papuans and Papua New Guineans who helped to fight for and save the lives of Australian soldiers during the Second World War  Dear friends, Today on the 25th of April we remember our parents and our grandparents and the...
Benny Wenda launches Melanesian and Pan-Pacific Solidarity for West Papua

Benny Wenda launches Melanesian and Pan-Pacific Solidarity for West Papua

Benny Wenda wrote this statement yesterday after a Pacific Solidarity movement for West Papua was declared at the Free West Papua Campaign protest in London “We are launching a major campaign today, starting here in the United Kingdom. From now on we are calling on all our Melanesian and Pan-Pacific brothers...
The Road to Home

The Road to Home

We are delighted to share with you the trailer of a new documentary film about Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Benny Wenda, “The Road to Home”.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu meets with Benny, renews call for UN review of West Papuan self-determination

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu meets with Benny, renews call for UN review of West Papuan self-determination

On 27th February 2015 Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu met with West Papuan independence leader and founder of the Free West Papua Campaign, Benny Wenda, in Cape Town, South Africa. He has released the following statement renewing his call for the UN to instigate an investigation into the so called Act...
Urgent Pacific Disaster Appeal after Cyclone Pam

Urgent Pacific Disaster Appeal after Cyclone Pam

Benny Wenda has launched this urgent appeal to help those affected by Cyclone Pam which has caused much loss of life and destruction throughout many Pacific nations. Benny Wenda Pacific Appeal 2015  “I urgently need help for my Brothers and Sisters in the Pacific particularly in Vanuatu and other islands...
Solidarity message to the people of the Pacific during Cyclone Pam

Solidarity message to the people of the Pacific during Cyclone Pam

To my fellow Pacific Islanders, who have suffered and are bravely enduring the devastating effects of Cyclone Pam: Dear brothers and sisters, My heart is full of pain to learn of the tragic loss of life and the destruction caused by the terrible event of Cyclone Pam that has affected...
Meeting with Nelson Mandela's grandson and other parliamentarians in South Africa

Meeting with Nelson Mandela’s grandson and other parliamentarians in South Africa

During his first official visit to South Africa, Benny Wenda met with many supporters and dignitaries including Chief Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela, MP, the grandson of international icon and leader Nelson Mandela. Meeting with Chief Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela Benny met with Mr Mandela at Mveso, the birthplace and family home of  Nelson Mandela....
Official tour of South Africa

Official tour of South Africa

The Nobel Peace Prize nominated West Papua independence leader Benny Wenda has embarked on his first ever official tour to South Africa, aimed at building support for the self-determination struggle in occupied West Papua. The trip comes only weeks after he and other members of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP)...
West Papua resubmits application for MSG membership

West Papua resubmits application for MSG membership

PRESS RELEASE United Liberation Movement for West Papua/ULMWP, newly formed West Papuan coordinating body which comprised of three main resistance groups, namely Federal Republic of West Papua, West Papua National Parliament and West Papua National Coalition for Liberation have submitted their application for membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG)...
Statement on the mass arrests and burning of houses in Timika

Statement on the mass arrests and burning of houses in Timika

Benny has written this statement about the recent mass arrests and Indonesian military and police action near the Grasberg mine in Timika, West Papua Dear everyone, Photos have recently emerged from Timika in West Papua, showing scores of my people being stripped, tortured, herded like animals and then arrested, with...
Benny’s New Year message for 2015

Benny’s New Year message for 2015

Benny wrote this statement in December 2014 as a message to everyone for the new year Dear friends, supporters, fellow Papuans and everyone reading this message, On behalf of the Free West Papua Campaign and my people I would like to wish you all a very Happy and peaceful New...
Statement on the massacre of youths and children in Paniai, West Papua

Statement on the massacre of youths and children in Paniai, West Papua

Benny has written this statement on the recent massacre in Paniai, West Papua which has left at least 5 Papuan boys dead and up to 21 injured. Dear friends, My heart is filled with grief and sadness to learn that yesterday in West Papua, at least 5 of my people were brutally...
West Papuans unite under a new umbrella group

West Papuans unite under a new umbrella group

In a historic gathering of West Papuan leaders in Vanuatu, different factions of the independence movement have united to form a new body called the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP). This new organisation unites the three main organisations who have long struggled for independence in their own way....
Benny helps to launch ILWP in Netherlands

Benny helps to launch ILWP in Netherlands

Benny has recently made a visit to the Netherlands where he helped to launch the Dutch Chapter of International Lawyers for West Papua (ILWP). This organisation works to promote and advocate for the fulfillment of the West Papuan people’s right to self-determination and acknowledges that the so called “Act of...
Benny meets with parliamentarians and others in the USA and Norway

Benny meets with parliamentarians and others in the USA and Norway

Benny has just returned from making two visits to the USA and Norway, where he met with Senators, members of the US Congress and other international figures to discuss the issue of West Papua, especially media access, self-determination and the release of French journalists Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat. Visit...
Benny nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize Again

Benny nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize Again

In light of his historic nomination, Benny is available for media interviews and other media related inquiries on the subject. He can be contacted via e-mail: office@bennywenda.org This is his press contact number: +447833114087 Benny has been nominated for the second year in  row for the esteemed Nobel Peace Prize, awarded annually by...
Official visit to the Caribbean & award presentation

Official visit to the Caribbean & award presentation

Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Free West Papua Campaign founder Benny Wenda has been on an official visit to the Caribbean island of St. Martin where he gathered enormous support and recognition for West Papua’s struggle for self-determination and independence, from the Caribbean people who also presented him an award....
Free West Papua Campaign office to open in Australia

Free West Papua Campaign office to open in Australia

Benny Wenda is currently in Australia ahead of the launch of a Free West Papua Campaign office in Perth this Sunday 27th April. The office will work closely to help co-ordinate activity in Australia with active groups in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Darwin and Brisbane, to raise awareness and lobby Australian...
Update from Papua New Guinea tour

Update from Papua New Guinea tour

Benny and Maria Wenda photographed with Powes Parkop and international lawyer Jennifer Robinson in the Papua New Guinea capital Port Moresby. Powes Parkop was presented with the ‘John Rumbiak Human Rights Defenders Award’ for 2013. Later today a historic meeting of IPWP members will take place in the Papua New...
Official tour of Papua New Guinea

Official tour of Papua New Guinea

Benny Wenda is currently on an official month long tour of Papua New Guinea, meeting with local and national politicians, as well as regional community leaders to increase awareness and support for West Papua’s struggle for freedom. At a press conference in the capital Port Moresby, Benny Wenda stated “We...
Things are not getting 'better' in West Papua

Things are not getting ‘better’ in West Papua

An article Benny Wenda has written for UK newspaper The Guardian in response to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s recent comments that the situation is improving in West Papua — Ever since West Papua was annexed and colonised by Indonesia in 1969 through a referendum ironically called the Act of Free...
Benny Wenda and Filep Karma nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Benny Wenda and Filep Karma nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Benny Wenda and Filep Karma have been nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. Their applications were successfully submitted to the Nobel Committee by members of the Department of Politics at the University of Reading, UK in January this year. They have been nominated for the world for their lifetime’s work in struggling...
Interview on Democracy Now

Interview on Democracy Now

Benny and his lawyer Jennifer Robinson have appeared on the US television channel Democracy Now, discussing the situation in West Papua. They have been visiting the US to meet with with members of Congress and the United Nations to discuss the state of his homeland. To watch the full interview please...
House of Lords debate on West Papua

House of Lords debate on West Papua

Benny Wenda attended the House of Lords yesterday in the British Parliament to witness a debate about the ongoing crisis in West Papua. Baroness Warsi, speaking for the British government recognised that “the events surrounding the 1969 Act of free Choice continue to be a controversy”, whilst Lord Avebury suggested...
Opening of new Free West Papua Campaign office in Oxford, UK

Opening of new Free West Papua Campaign office in Oxford, UK

Benny Wenda will be joined by the Lord Mayor of Oxford for the official opening of the new Free West Papua Campaign office in Oxford on Sunday 28th April. The opening will be followed by a function open to members of the public, including a performance from West Papuan dance...
Free West Papua Campaign office to open in Papua New Guinea

Free West Papua Campaign office to open in Papua New Guinea

Very happy to share news that the Free West Papua Campaign will soon be opening an office in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
Freedom Tour reaches Vanuatu

Freedom Tour reaches Vanuatu

Benny is currently in Vanuatu on the penultimate leg of his 2013 Freedom Tour. He was greeted at the airport by the Minister of Agriculture before being escorted by Kastom Chiefs to meet the general public. Later he was received by Port Vila Council of Chiefs and had a Kastom...
Free West Papua concert in Port Moresby, PNG

Free West Papua concert in Port Moresby, PNG

Over 4,000 attended a FREE WEST PAPUA music concert earlier this week in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, hosted by Governor Powes Parkop in support of Benny's visit and the Free West Papua movement.
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Pacific Appeal money donated to Cyclone Relief Fund

Pacific Appeal money donated to Cyclone Relief Fund

Last month, Benny Wenda launched a Pacific Disaster Appeal after Cyclone Pam devastated the Melanesian nation of Vanuatu and many other Pacific nations. Over $1000 US dollars was raised as the appeal received widespread support, with many people all around the world donating generously to help people affected by Cyclone Pam. Both Benny and the Free...
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu meets with Benny & renews call for UN review of West Papuan self-determination

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu meets with Benny & renews call for UN review of West Papuan self-determination

On 27th February 2015 Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu met with West Papuan independence leader and founder of the Free West Papua Campaign, Benny Wenda, in Cape Town, South Africa. He has released the following statement renewing his call for the UN to instigate an investigation into the so called Act of ‘Free’ Choice in which...
Benny gives at talk at the London School of Economics (LSE)

Benny gives at talk at the London School of Economics (LSE)

Last Friday on the 13th of March, Benny Wenda gave a talk at the London School of Economics (LSE) in the United Kingdom about the Free West Papua Campaign and the rights of his people to self-determination and independence. You can see more photos of Benny’s talk through his official Facebook Page Benny was made very welcome...
As Indonesia outrages governments by executing foreigners, Benny reminds the world of Indonesia executing his people too

As Indonesia outrages governments by executing foreigners, Benny reminds the world of Indonesia executing his people too

“The world condemns Indonesia for the killings of 5 foreign citizens and 1 Indonesian citizen; what about the killings of over half a million West Papuans?” Recently the world has learned of the true brutality of the Indonesian government, with the execution of 6 people from the Netherlands, Nigeria, Malawi, Brazil, Vietnam and Indonesia. I...
Statement on the arrests and shootings of KNPB activists

Statement on the arrests and shootings of KNPB activists

Benny has written this statement after dozens of West Papua National Committee (KNPB) activists were arrested recently in support of the International Lawyers for West Papua launching in the Netherlands.  Dear friends of West Papua, Recently, on the 19th and 23rd of November, 31 West Papuans were arrested and 3 shot by the Indonesian police in Nabire,...
Statement on transmigration: "We are NOT a dumping ground for Indonesia"

Statement on transmigration: “We are NOT a dumping ground for Indonesia”

Benny has recently written this public statement on Indonesian “transmigration” in West Papua We are NOT a dumping ground for Indonesia Recently, the Indonesian Minister for Rural Development and “Transmigration”, Marwan Jafar said that he wants to increase the number of Indonesian migrants to West Papua. Referring to the transmigration project, he said: “In West Papua...