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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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...
West Papua: my people need Australia’s help before it is too late

West Papua: my people need Australia’s help before it is too late

Article by Benny Wenda published in The Guardian This Anzac Day weekend, we opened the first ever Free West Papua campaign office in Australia. For more than 50 years, my people have suffered what I considered to be a slow-moving genocide under the repressive military occupation of Indonesia. During the second world war, the “Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels”...
Benny Wenda’s statement on the current situation in West Papua

Benny Wenda’s statement on the current situation in West Papua

Dear friends, brothers and sisters, fellow Papuans, I am writing this statement today to express my concerns over current events within West Papua. I want to tell the world that now is a time when our people are in incredibly grave danger, especially those who have become refugees. This month, with the upcoming boycott of...
Benny Wenda statement on boycotting Indonesian elections

Benny Wenda statement on boycotting Indonesian elections

WE WILL NOT VOTE! In 2014 the Republic of Indonesia will try to hold elections in West Papua. We the Papuan peoples refuse to vote in these elections. Why? Today West Papua is illegally occupied by Indonesia. We have a right to freedom. We will vote in a proper referendum on self-determination. But we will...
Benny Wenda meets civil rights movement leaders

Benny Wenda meets civil rights movement leaders

Benny has just returned to the UK after his latest trip to the US visiting Boston, New York and Washington D.C. In Boston he was invited to study at the world renowned Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict (FSI). This the only executive education program in the advanced, interdisciplinary study of nonviolent conflict, taught...