[freewestpapua] Global Flag Raising Success & Monthly Donor Appeal PDF Afdrukken E-mailadres
woensdag 07 december 2016 20:38


Dear Supporter,
The global flag-raising on December 1st was a huge success, with the Morning Star being raised in dozens of countries including Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., Ghana, Palestine, Namibia, Brazil, Nigeria, PNG, the Czech Republic and many more. Thank you to those of you who took time to fly the flag, to demonstrate and to show your solidarity in myriad creative and beautiful ways.

Now that December 1st has passed, our major focus for the rest of 2016 is our monthly donor appeal. So far this has taken a back seat, but now it's time to pull together to make sure the Free West Papua Campaign can continue to support West Papuans in their struggle for a free and fair referendum on self-determination. Please read, share and, if you can, respond to the appeal below.

Do you believe in human rights, freedom and self-determination?

Could you be one of 200 people who commit to making a monthly donation to support the people of West Papua?


West Papua is the western half of the Island of New Guinea, bordering Papua New Guinea just 200km north of Australia. West Papua started preparing for independence from the Dutch in 1961, and first raised the Morning Star Flag on 1st December. Indonesia put a stop to the process by brutally invading West Papua and since then have killed over 500,000 people, and thousands more have been raped, tortured and imprisoned. These human rights atrocities continue on a daily basis.

The Free West Papua Campaign is the only campaign focused on putting an end to this genocide by giving the people of West Papua a chance to determine their own future through a fair and transparent vote. We are working peacefully towards this goal by gathering the support of political leaders and raising public awareness around the world.

We operate with limited resources and face big challenges when it comes to fundraising. Most charitable funds will not support political campaigns and international awareness of the situation in West Papua is very limited as all NGOs and foreign journalists are banned from the country. So, despite the severity of this brutal occupation and human rights abuses, we are forced to operate on a shoe-string.

The people of West Papua need your help to end the violence of the last 50 years. We are looking for 200 people to set up a monthly donation by 31 December to support this important campaign. This reliable, regular income will enable us to achieve so much more by helping to cover the costs of running the campaign. Please help us make this happen by setting up a monthly donation using the form on this page, and sharing this appeal with others.


How funds will be used

Here's a quick overview of what's coming up with the campaign and what your funds will help us achieve:

  • Launching a petition to support the internationally supervised vote for West Papua. The petition will be run globally, and then swum across Lake Geneva in August 2017 and handed in to the UN headquarters. We hope it will be our biggest campaign yet.#LetWestPapuaVote #BacktheSwim
  • Holding a Rockin for West Papua global peace concert in 2017. In collaboration with Rize of the Morning Star, and Punks for West Papua doco maker, we hope to create one of the largest concerts around the world.#Musicisaweapon #RizeoftheMorningStar #LetWestPapuaVote
  • Continuing to lobby international governments worldwide to bring West Papua to the UN, and to build on our grass roots support globally.
  • Continuing to work with our International Parliamentarians for West Papua, and International Lawyers for West Papua groups.

If you have any questions or need any assistance with setting up a donation, please do get in touch by replying to this email.


Thank you for your support,

The Free West Papua Campaign Team