The West Papuan people are crying for their freedom. Please sign this petition to show your support.
The world's longest‐running military occupation and genocide has killed more than 500,000 people, is destroying the world's second‐largest rainforest and 50,000 years of civilisation. Without international intervention, there is real fear that the West Papuan people, and their lands, will become extinct in our lifetime.
Please sign this petition calling on the UN to act urgently on West Papua.
Scroll down to see the petition in full.
We have until August, when this petition (including your name), will be swum 69 kms across Lake Geneva by the Swim for West Papua Team and handed straight to the United Nations headquarters. @BacktheSwim
This month at least 135 people have so far been arrested in West Papua, including 79 West Papuan youths and children. Many of them were tortured by the Indonesian police. Last year 8000 people — including children — were illegally arrested.
Thousands of West Papuans have literally risked their lives to sign this petition in the hope their voice will reach the UN. Indonesia have criminalised and banned this petition, and have arrested people for signing it. West Papuan leader Yanto Awerkion is currently being detained by Indonesian police, and is facing charges of treason, and 15 years in jail.
There is a reason why so many people have not heard of West Papua. The Indonesian government strictly controls any news on the region, and routinely arrests, imprisons and deports journalists. NGOs are also strictly monitored.
The people of West Papua are reliant on the international community to make sure their voices are heard.
So please consider joining us and making history for West Papua by signing our Swim for West Papua petition now. We believe with enough support the UN, and others in power, will be forced to act.
Please also share it with your friends, family and all of your networks.
Petition text in full:
Dear General Secretary António Guterres,
As concerned citizens from around the world, we call on you to urgently address the human rights situation in West Papua and to review the UN's involvement in the administration of West Papua that led to its unlawful annexation by Indonesia — and the human rights abuse that continues today.
We call upon you to:
- appoint a Special Representative to investigate the human rights situation in West Papua;
- put West Papua back on the Decolonisation Committee agenda and ensure their right to self‐determination — denied to them in 1969 — is respected by holding an Internationally Supervised Vote (in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolutions 1514 and 1541 (XV)).
For more information visit freewestpapua.org