IN RECOGNITION OF the Melanesian nations success in winning a bitterly contested battle over West Papua's inclusion in the Melanesian Spearhead Group and Pacific Islands Forum, Sampari 2016 has created a MELANESIAN WALL OF ART for the work of artists who live in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, as well as the Kanak of New Caledonia. THE MELANESIAN WALL OF ART is for a… Read More
In the garden of an old wooden house in Droop Street Footscray, silky chickens roost in a profusion of green vegetables. A glaxy of artistic activists live in the house, including banjo-playing vocalist Kiah Dennerstein and partner Lachie Keller who plays electric bass. With drummer Robbie Smith, who lives further down Droop St, the three are a music collaboration called LUNAR FLARES. LUNAR FLA… Read More
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Visual, Media, Scupture, Jewellery and Craft artists Following the success of its inaugural art exhibition in 2015, the Federal Republic of West Papua (Women's Office) is calling on Visual, Media, Scupture, Jewellery and Craft artists for the 2016 SAMPARI ART EXHIBITION AND SALE FOR WEST PAPUA (at the ACU Art Gallery in Melbourne, 2-11 December 2016). West Papua, occupi… Read More
Dept. Foreign Affairs, Immigration, Trade FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF WEST PAPUA GROUND-FLOOR BOARDROOM Rear, 838 Collins St, Docklands, Victoria 1PM DAPUR SAMPARI LUNCH (Papua Kitchen) for West Papua Rent Collective (visitors welcome) 2PM REV. ROBERT STRINGER (video-interview) Joy and Pain of my Christmas in West Papua 2.15PM JACOB RUMBIAK 2016 UN Decolonisation Committee 2.30PM B… Read More
ENDANGERED WEST PAPUA, a fused-glass artwork by Barbara Tipper, SAMPARI ART EXHIBITION & SALE FOR WEST PAPUA, ACU Art Gallery, Brunswick, 4-13 December 2015. ENDANGERED WEST PAPUA is a glorious free-standing fused-glass sculpture by BARBARA TIPPER of a baby green turtle in the wondrous waters of the RAJA AMPAT ISLANDS. It was bought by DR JON KOZENIAUSKAS, a Collins St dental specialist, d… Read More
PETER WOODS won the People's Choice Award at the Sampari Art Exhibition for West Papua. His Papuana Nymphaea is a gouache on watercolour paper that brings to light the suffering of the West Papuans in the setting of Monet's famous Nymphaeas series of water lilies. The award was a Gift Voucher ($150) from FITZROY STRETCHES in Brunswick. (Photo: Peter Woods) FROM THE CATALOGUE This work comes fr… Read More
A DOWRY FOR THE SULTAN is an exquisitely detailed account of a massacre averted in September 1054 in the predominately Armenian town of Manzikert on the eastern rim of the Byzantine Empire. An invading army of Turkic warriors from the steppes of Central Eurasia, led by the great Seljuk chief Tughrul Bey, are beaten by the civilians of the town in an extraordinary demonstration of courage, imagin… Read More
The Federal Republic of West Papua (FRWP) is a sovereign nation-state, with a central government, and the capacity to enter into relations with other sovereign states.
Five-thousand academics, politicians, church leaders, and senior tribal leaders established the FRWP on 19 October 2011 during the 3rd Papua Congress. They determined its objectives, and elected a president and a prime minister. The Indonesian government immediately charged President Forkorus Yaboisembut, Prime Minister Edison Waromi, and three organizers of the Congress, with subversion, and they were incarcerated for three years.
President Yaboisembut is Chair of the Dewan Adat Papua (Papua Customary Council), the peak representation of the nation's seven tribal states. Prime Minister Waromi, a lawyer and theologian, has spear-headed resistance and nation-making since he was first incarcerated in 1989.
In terms of resistance, the FRWP seeks UN Security Council clearance for registration with the UN General Assembly, and third-party mediation for the removal of the Indonesian Republic's political and security infrastructure.
In terms of nation-making, the FRWP is building a political house for the carriage and distillation of the nation's tribal, traditional, and modern ways of thinking and being.
The Department of Foreign Affairs, Immigration, and Trade is the only FRWP institution in the diaspora, and Minister Jacob Rumbiak is the only executive who doesn't live in his homeland
We seek to ground the FRWP's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Immigration in the principles and practices of Good Governance, Sustainability, and Self-Determination
We seek to promote and develop a viable, honest, and enduring representation of West Papuans political, cultural, and moral ambitions and determinations
We seek to inspire member-state representatives in the UN Security Council and UN General Assembly to pass a motion on West Papua's independence in 2015.
West Papuans are indigenous Melanesians, with kin in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Bougainville, Kanaky-New Caledonia, and Torres Strait.
After decades of Dutch colonial governance, we constituted 99% of the population. Under Indonesian administration since 1963, we now constitute just 47%, with an annual growth rate of 1.84% (compared to the non-Papuan rate of 10.82%).
ʻSlow motion genocideʼ is blamed for 546,126 missing Papuans— assassinated, poisoned, exiled, born dead or not at all. Our brightest are incarcerated. Our land, source of spirituality and sustainability, is ravaged by miners and loggers. Our waters, pristine in 1962, are polluted. Our unique flora and fauna is flogged in black markets across Java and Sulawesi.