I first noticed RAIMUNDO MACKENNA sitting on the floor of the National Gallery in Federation Square. He was sketching in his notepad. He was focussed, his scribbling was deliberate; maybe professional I thought. So I asked him if he would enter the 2017 Sampari Art Exhibition for West Papua. He had flown in from Chile the day before, didn't know where West Papua was, but wanted to. Like ma… Read More
The 2017 Sampari Art Exhibition and Sale for West Papua opens at 6pm on Friday 8 December, and closes at 5pm on Sunday 17 December. The rich and complex exhibition features inspiring art about West Papua created for the exhibition, as well as a unique information exhibition of words and old photos from West Papua during World War Two. ACU Art Gallery 26 Brunswick St, Fitzroy (Melbourne) ACU… Read More
Bonded through Tragedy, United in Hope, Hilton Deakin with Jim and Therese D’Orsa. May 2017 | RRP $29.95 | Garratt Publishing, Victoria (Australia). "The first detailed account of the interaction of the Vatican, the Indonesian government, the Indonesian Catholic Church, the Australian government, Australians and others dedicated to justice and human rights, and the Australian Catholic Church"… Read More
"This paper affirms that States have a responsibility to protect all those within their territory; that third States have a right and obligation to complain of wrongful acts committed by a sovereign State; and finally, that sovereignty comes under question where a people within a sovereign state are subject to alien subjugation or serious violations of their human rights" [Annette Culley] T… Read More
The West Papua Women's Office in Docklands is asking Visual, Sculpture, Jewellery and Craft Artists to consider entering work in the 2017 SAMPARI ART EXHIBITION FOR WEST PAPUA, including the special category of Melanesian Art. The exhibition is showing in the Australian Catholic University Art Gallery in Fitzroy (Melbourne) between 8 and 17 December 2017. SUBMISSION DEADLINE Friday 2… Read More
On 11 December 2016, during the West Papua Rent Collective's Christmas party, Jacob Rumbiak launched the TREVOR GRANT SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR EDUCATING YOUNG WEST PAPUANS OUTSIDE THEIR HOMELAND. Trevor Grant, a loyal and generous member of the Rent Collective, inaugurated the fund with a $5,000.00 donation. The scholarships are part of the self-determination project enabled by the MELANESIAN SP… Read More
My highland warrior is seen through the telescopic sights of a rifle, his head surrounded by the leaves of his homeland, which also reference organisations that ignore the atrocities committed against these owners of the land [EMMA THURLOW, CATALOGUE] PNG born Emma Thurlow won the People’s Choice Award at the 2016 Sampari Art Exhibition and Sale for West Papua with a striking portrait printed o… 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.