West Papua’s enduring struggle for independence
By GIACOMO TOGNINI MARCH 13, 2018 4:24 AM (UTC+8)
In an unprecedented effort organized by ULMWP leader Benny Wenda, activists in West Papua and among the diaspora worked to collect 1.8 million signatures throughout West Papua’s two provinces for an independence petition to be presented to the United Nations last September. Despite receiving the backing of over 70% of West Papua’s population, the effort to gain a seat at the UN Decolonization Committee failed — it won the support of only eight countries, all of them small Caribbean and Pacific island states.
War & peace
Activists fighting for independence in West Papua have operated under a variety of different armed and peaceful groups since 1969