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
On 8 December 2016, six students from Melbourne, Monash and Deakin Universities debated West Papua's status as an independent state. The exhibition debate was hosted by the Federal Republic of West Papua (FRWP) in the Australia Catholic University during the Sampari Art Exhibition for West Papua. The debate was moderated by DR JONATHAN BENNEY, President of the Debaters Association of Victori… Read More
THE 2016 SAMPARI ART EXHIBITION AND SALE FOR WEST PAPUA in the Australian Catholic University's Art Gallery in Fitzroy in December 2016, hosted by the Federal Republic of West Papua's office in Docklands, included a special WALL OF MELANESIAN PRINTS. The vibrant works sent by artists from Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea projected kaleidoscopic views of Melanesian West Pap… Read More
SALUTING MELANESIA was an exciting ceremonial occasion that brought together communities normally separated by sea-water to celebrate their origins and living cultures. It began with a solemn kava ceremony, and included young Melanesians born or living in the diaspora talking about their cultural experiences, dancers performing their traditions, singer-songwriters telling tales about the past… 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
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.