Free Papua Movement
The Free Papua Movement aims to end the ongoing oppression in West Papua and bring freedom to the Papuan people. A humanitarian crisis is ongoing with the death of an estimated 500,000 West Papuans since the take-over by Indonesia in 1963. Legal scholars and academics describe the conditions as meeting the definition of genocide under the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment for the Crime of Genocide (see Journal Articles).
In 1961 the Netherlands and Australian governments were preparing the Territories on the island of Papua for independence however while the eastern side under Australian administration gained independence as Papua New Guinea, the western side under Netherlands administration was transferred to the United Nations and then Indonesia and remains under military occupation ever since.
This website is dedicated to raising awareness about West Papua’s legal right to independence and supporting West Papua’s increasing number of refugees and internally displaced persons. An estimated 45,000 people have recently been made homeless as the Indonesian military terrorises villagers with military sweeping operations. Thousands have also fled to neighbouring Papua New Guinea living in remote camps along the border.
Our campaigns include raising funds to help address the ongoing humanitarian crisis and support a legal campaign to end the military oppression by Indonesia and bring freedom to the Territory.
Founders & former representatives
1965 – Terianus Aronggear & Permenas Awom
1971 – Seth Rumkorem, Jakob Prai, and John Otto Ondowame
Jeffrey Bomanak, Political Chairperson
Sebby Sambom, International Media Spokesperson
Amatus Douw, International Diplomatic Board
Please see the separate pages for media releases, research papers, our history, and how you can help.