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Dear Friend of West Papua

In this update we bring you news of a shocking new undercover
documentary on the situation in West Papua, as well as latest
developments from West Papua including Indonesia's refusal to allow the
International Committee of the Red Cross to return, and news on the
deteriorating condition of high profile political prisoner Filep Karma.

ONGOING TRIALS OF PEACEFUL ACTIVISTS
The trial of Sebby Sambom has descended into farce, with the public
prosecutor now stating that they lack any documentary evidence, and now
wish to use evidence from the testimony of fellow prisoner Buchtar
Tabuni against Sebby Sambom.
Sebby has now been held for over 9 months. He has only seen his newborn
son once in that time. His crime was to take part in a peaceful
demonstration supporting the launch in the UK Parliament for IPWP.

We are deeply concerned by reports we have received relating to the
deteriorating health of Filep Karma. He is currently serving a 15 year
jail sentence for raising the West Papua flag in 2004 and is recognised
as a 'Prisoner of Conscience' by Amnesty International. Filep has
suffered breathing difficulties and a urinary infection, and has been
denied proper medical access by the prison authorities. He has also
suffered torture at the hands of guards at the notoriously brutal
Abepura Prison.

We urge the international community to continue to pressure Indonesia to
respect international law relating to prisoner treatment. We also once
again call for them to allow independent observers into West Papua,
including the International Committee of the Red Cross. If Indonesia has
nothing to hide, then they should be happy to allow observers in. By
refusing access to them and expelling the Red Cross, they have sent a
clear message to the outside world that they seek to hide from view the
atrocities they are committing there.


INTERNATIONAL PARLIAMENTARIANS FOR WEST PAPUA
We send our condolences to the family of US democrat senator Ted
Kennedy. He was one of the most high profile politicans to have signed
up to the International Parliamentarians for West Papua declaration
giving his support for West Papua self-determination, and his spirit
will live on in the campaign until West Papua is free.
We are delighted to announce there will be a European Parliament launch
for the International Parliamentarians for West Papua, to be held this
autumn. A date is currently being confirmed and more information will be
given soon including details of attendees.
Please continue to lobby your local parliamentarians, informing them of
the situation in West Papua and asking them to sign-up to the
declaration at www.ipwp.org


FORGOTTEN BIRD OF PARADISE
A new hard hitting documentary on West Papua has premiered at the UK's
prestigious Green Man Festival. 'Forgotten Bird of Paradise' was filmed
undercover in West Papua without the knowledge or authority of the
Indonesian authorites. It includes footage of OPM resistance fighters,
moving interviews with human rights victims, and exclusive footage from
the International Parliamentarians for West Papua.
More information on the documentary can be found at
www.forgottenbirdofparadise.net


DONATE
The Free West Papua Campaign is an entirely volunteer led organisation.
To continue our work at this important time we would like to ask any of
you who can to support us financially. All money donated to the FWPC is
used directly for campaigning – office and travel costs, printing and
organising demonstrations - or is sent to West Papua as aid during times
of crisis.
No one from the Free West Papua Campaign is paid.
Please help us with a monthly donation. It couldn't be easier to donate,
just visit our web page: http://freewestpapua.org , click on “Get
Involved” and select “Donate”. You can either fill in the boxes to
donate regularly via PayPal or just fill out the standing order form
attached and also available on the web site and post it to us. If you do
make an online donation, please also let us know by sending us an email.

One behalf of the people of West Papua, thank you for your continued
support for our struggle.

West Papua. One People. One Soul

Free West Papua Campaign
www.freewestpapua.org

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