SALUTING MELANESIA was a ceremonial occasion that succeeded in bringing together communities normally separated by sea-water to celebrate their origins and living cultures. The Federal Republic of West Papua hosted the event in the AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY'S luminous Art Gallery in Fitzroy during the Sampari Art Exhibition for West Papua. In 2016 the exhibition included a special MELAN… Read More
CARTOON EXHIBITION at 2016 Sampari Art Exhibition & Sale for West Papua ACU ART GALLERY, 26 Brunswick St, Fitzroy (2-11 December 2016) An exhibition of twenty-nine works by Australia's most gifted and beloved cartoonists published in 2006 after the arrival of forty-three West Papuan asylum seekers. The cartoons narrate and amplify the war-of-words between Canberra and Jakarta, an… Read More
SAMPARI 2016 ART EXHIBITION AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS ACU Art Gallery, 26 Brunswick St, Fitzroy OPENS Friday 2 December 2016 : 6pm CLOSES Sunday 11 December 2016 : 5pm GALLERY HOURS: Monday-Wednesday 11-6pm Thursday-Friday 11-8pm Saturday-Sunday 10-4pm SAMPARI, the name of the morning star in the Biak Island language, is an art exhibition and series of events that celebrate West Pa… Read More
WEST PAPUA: Decolonization, Boundaries and Self Determination ~ a summary of modern West Papua's legal history and future prospects by ANNETTE CULLEY "I have attempted to bring together all the UN resolutions, and principles, and rules that have been applied, or ignored, in the case of West Papua’s occupation. This then is my analysis of the relationship between occupied West Papua and intern… Read More
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
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.