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, and betwe… Read More
On 9 September 2019 the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) shifted its gaze to Australia's federal capital, and travelled to Canberra with a petition of 17,000 signatures asking the government to vote for motions supporting West Papua's self-determination in the UN General Assembly. Jacob Rumbiak and Ronny Kareni, with members of Australia West Papua Association (Melb) and FRWP W… Read More
Henri Licht, a Dutch-Australian writer, was the key speaker at the Federal Republic of West Papua (FRWP) Open Day in Docklands on 4 August 2019. Henri had just finished translating Vij Vochten in het bos a WWII memoir by Sergeant Maurits Christiaan Kokkelink (We fought in the jungle) published in Amsterdam in 1956 but never reprinted, and found in a second-hand bookstore in Ljouwert, capital… Read More
Federal Republic of West Papua office in Docklands (Victoria) is urging Australia to vote for a motion in the 2019 General Assembly to register West Papua with the UN Special Committee on Decolonisation, where the self-determination of Non-Self-Governing Territories is discussed and monitored. The motion, drafted by United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), is being raised by Vanu… Read More
Dr Jemima Amery-Gale, Guest Speaker at the West Papua Rent Collective Christmas Party in Docklands on Sunday 9 December 2018, is a veterinarian (Melbourne University, 2013) deeply concerned about West Papua’s wildlife, which is facing increasing threat from mining, logging, conversion of rainforests to palm oil plantations, and the black market trade of indigenous fauna. "Just 250km from… Read More
Deakin University's DR EBEN KIRKSEY was keynote speaker at a conference in West Papua's FRWP office in Docklands on 8 April 2018. The American scholar's interest in the Indonesian colony was launched brutally in 1998, when as an exchange student at Cendrawasih University investigating the subsistence qualities of indigenous communities, he witnessed two Melanesian students being shot by the I… Read More
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 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.