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Benny Wenda's West Papua freedom tour

Benny Wenda ... a West Papuan tribal leader and one of the leading voices of the peaceful independence movement.
Event date and time: 
Monday, February 11, 2013 - 19:30 - 20:30

Come to hear Benny Wenda, a West Papuan tribal leader and one of the leading voices of the peaceful independence movement.

Benny is currently living in exile in the UK. He is the founder of the Free West Papua Campaign (UK) and founder of the International Parliamentarians for West Papua.

Also speaking will be Jennifer Robinson, prominent human rights lawyer and representative of International Lawyers for West Papua. In 2002, Jennifer worked as volunteer for the respected human rights monitoring organisation, Elsham in West Papua.

7:30pm, Monday 11 February 2013
St Columba Centre
40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland

Public meeting. All welcome. This event is supported by the Pacific Media Centre.

Benny Wenda is visiting New Zealand as part of his first official overseas tour. He will visit political leaders, lawyers, activists and supporters in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea to build support and awareness of the campaign for self-determination for the people of West Papua. Ahead of the tour, Benny Wenda spoke of his hopes that “it will further raise the voice of the West Papuan people whose cries for freedom and justice have been largely ignored by the international community for the last 50 years”.

* Also at this meeting a proposal for a new Auckland based West Papua solidarity group will be discussed. For more information please contact the Indonesian Human Rights Committee on:


Petition Melanesian Spearhead Group to add West Papua


Avaaz is the world's biggest and most successful petition site. After launching this petition 24 hours or so ago, we have 28 signatures supporting inclusion of West Papua within the Melanesia Spearhead Group.

If this rate keeps up, we may get around 900 signatures by the time of the MSG 50th anniversary on 14th March 2013. Will this be enough to counter considerable Indonesian influence and convince MSG to accept West Papua?

Hard to say, but the more people who sign this petition, especially journalists expressing solidarity with their West Papua colleagues, the better.


Freedom for West Papua

Thankyou so much from our deep heart and on be half of students and West Papuan residents who is currently living in Australia particular in Western Australia to Mr. Benny Wenda West Papuan Tribe Leader to bring the voice of self-determination for people of West Papua.

Be thanked also to Jennifer Robinson, Dominic and other colleagues who have been actively support for our struggles of self-determination. We also would like to thank you to the people of every countries, who has been raising up our voice of Freedom to the communities, into the society and young community in a serious concerned.


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