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.
This very petition that YOU can sign now has already been signed by 1,804,421 people inside West Papua. That's an estimated 70.88% of the population, making it the largest grassroots democratic act of expression in West Papua's history.
Please stand in solidarity with the 1.8 million people calling on the UN to act urgently on West Papua.
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Under threats of arrest and torture 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 arrested people for signing it. West Papuan leader Yanto Awerkion was detained by Indonesian police for 9 months, facing charges of treason, and 15 years in jail, but thanks to an international campaign was released in May.
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.
We believe with enough support the UN, and others in power, will be forced to act.
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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