Press Statement: Benny Wenda's Papua New Guinea VISA Application Rejected Again.

Press Statement: Benny Wenda’s Papua New Guinea VISA Application Rejected Again.

Once again, Benny Wenda’s Papua New Guinea visa application has been rejected and he has been left unable to travel to Papua New Guinea. This shock visa rejection comes despite assurances from Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in an interview with ABC News Australia earlier this year that, there was “no...
URGENT STATEMENT-More West Papuans shot dead by the Indonesian military today

URGENT STATEMENT-More West Papuans shot dead by the Indonesian military today

Benny Wenda has released this urgent statement after Indonesian soldiers shot dead 2 West Papuans and seriously injured 4 others in Timika today.  Today was another day of tragedy for West Papuans as 2 more innocent West Papuan people were brutally murdered and 4 more (including children) shot by the...
For West Papuans, Indonesian independence day 2015 was a day of bloodshed

For West Papuans, Indonesian independence day 2015 was a day of bloodshed

Benny Wenda has written this statement as a condolence message after the deaths of 54 people in the Oksibil plane crash in West Papua, and the murder of West Papuan man Fredi Wenda by the Indonesian military. Both happened on 16th August (Indonesian Independence Day) which West Papuans refused to...
West Papuans DO NOT recognise Indonesian Independence Day as including West Papua

West Papuans DO NOT recognise Indonesian Independence Day as including West Papua

Statement from Benny Wenda about Indonesian Independence Day not including West Papua.   Dear everyone, I am writing this statement to tell the world that the people of West Papua do not recognise Indonesian Independence Day as including West Papua. We will also not recognise any other Indonesian national days...
"To the Indonesian President: Let my people go free and then I will close the FWPC office and go home"

“To the Indonesian President: Let my people go free and then I will close the FWPC office and go home”

West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda has released this statement to counter calls by the Indonesian parliament to ask British Prime Minister David Cameron to close the Free West Papua Campaign office in the United Kingdom.  The full statement can be read below  If the Indonesian President wants the Free...
Free West Papua rally to be held in London on 15th August

Free West Papua rally to be held in London on 15th August

NEW YORK in the Summer of ‘62 Dear everyone, Almost exactly 53 years ago, on 15th August in 1962, the future of my people’s country West Papua was determined without us by 3 foreign powers. These were: the Netherlands-our former colonial rulers, Indonesia-our current colonial rulers, and the USA-with economic and...
ULMWP Statement-Now is the time for Melanesians to stand as one people

ULMWP Statement-Now is the time for Melanesians to stand as one people

United Liberation Movement of West Papua Press Release – Statement – 18 June 2015 – For Immediate Release Now is the time for Melanesians to stand as one people We come to Honiara today tasked with a mission from the people of a united West Papua to complete our journey...
Statement on the further mass arrests of West Papuans supporting the ULMWP joining MSG

Statement on the further mass arrests of West Papuans supporting the ULMWP joining MSG

  Benny Wenda has released this statement in light of the further mass arrests and torture of West Papuans by the Indonesian police, just for peacefully supporting West Papua joining the Melanesian Spearhead Group through the United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP). For media and press related inquiries you...
URGENT MESSAGE AFTER UP TO 84 WEST PAPUANS ARRESTED

URGENT MESSAGE AFTER UP TO 84 WEST PAPUANS ARRESTED

  This statement has been written by West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda following the reports that up to 84 West Papuans were arrested and tortured yesterday for supporting West Papua joining the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). Dear everyone, I am making this urgent message to the international community to...
Benny Wenda denied entry by United States

Benny Wenda denied entry by United States

At 14:00, 13 May 2015 the United States (US) office of homeland security stopped West Papuan Independence leader Mr Benny Wenda from boarding a Virgin Atlantic flight from London to Los Angeles. After check-in staff found an alert on their passport system, Mr Wenda was questioned by an official from...
ULMWP Press Release of Indonesian President's visit to PNG

ULMWP Press Release of Indonesian President’s visit to PNG

  United Liberation Movement of West Papua 9 May 2015. Press Release. For Immediate release   Melanesian solidarity can resist Indonesian pressure   Event: Visit of Indonesian President Joko Widodo to Papua New Guinea on 10 and 11 May to meet Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s visit...
Benny Wenda to visit California and West Coast of US

Benny Wenda to visit California and West Coast of US

Benny Wenda will be in California and the West Coast of the United States from 14th May to 21st May. He will be raising both grass-roots and civil support for West Papua from the USA and also help to raise awareness about independence and human rights there. This tour will...
Statement on Indonesia hosting the Asian African Conference

Statement on Indonesia hosting the Asian African Conference

While Indonesia hosts the 2015 Asia Africa Conference, Indonesia continues to colonise West Papua Dear friends, The Indonesian government is currently hosting the Asian African Conference Commemoration in Jakarta. Indonesia also hosted this conference in 1955 when they condemned “colonialism in all of its manifestations”. I want to tell all...
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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Benny Wenda interviewed by Radio Australia about the Indonesian military targeting his family

Benny Wenda interviewed by Radio Australia about the Indonesian military targeting his family

Yesterday West Papuan independence leader and Spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, Benny Wenda was interviewed by Radio Australia about the Indonesian military torturing and murdering his relative Fredi Wenda, to threaten him after he said that West Papuans would not celebrate Indonesian Independence Day. You can listen to the full interview here...
Thank you letter to everyone after the Global Day of Action to Remember the Day of Broken Promise

Thank you letter to everyone after the Global Day of Action to Remember the Day of Broken Promise

Dear everyone, I am writing this letter to thank everyone who took part in the Global Day of Action for West Papua on 15th August to remember what we West Papuans know as “The Day of Broken Promise”. Around the world in at least 16 different cities in at least 13 different countries, demonstrations were...
Letter of condolence after the death of former Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Edward Natapei

Letter of condolence after the death of former Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Edward Natapei

Statement on violence in Tolikara-“In West Papua the Indonesian police and military are not sent to protect us but to kill us.”

Statement on violence in Tolikara-“In West Papua the Indonesian police and military are not sent to protect us but to kill us.”

Dear everyone, Recently we West Papuans have witnessed further shock and horror at the shootings of 12 more of our people by the Indonesian military and police, on Friday 17th July after violence broke out in the town of Tolikara. Following a religious dispute in Tolikara, the Indonesian military and police arrived in full force...
Statement on ULMWP in Fakfak being persecuted despite MSG Observer Membership

Statement on ULMWP in Fakfak being persecuted despite MSG Observer Membership

Dear friends, After the success of joining the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), we West Papuans have been celebrating and giving thanks, showing our gratitude to our Melanesian brothers and sisters and all supporters for welcoming us back into the Melanesian family. However despite this international recognition for our peaceful movement, the United Liberation Movement for...
Statement on the further mass arrests of West Papuans supporting the ULMWP joining MSG

Statement on the further mass arrests of West Papuans supporting the ULMWP joining MSG

Benny Wenda has released this statement in light of the further mass arrests and torture of West Papuans by the Indonesian police, just for peacefully supporting West Papua joining the Melanesian Spearhead Group through the United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP). For media and press related inquiries you can contact the Office of Benny...