‘West Papua – The Road to Freedom’ conference, Oxford, UK, Aug 2

from International Lawyers for West Papua

Next Tuesday 2nd August, international lawyers, politicians, tribal leaders, a UN committee member & a witness to the 1969 Act of Free Choice will gather for the Road To Freedom conference in Oxford, UK.

Chaired by British MP Andrew Smith, the conference will present the strongest case to date that the people of West Papua have the right to self-determination under international law.

People across West Papua will be following the conference and will use its outcomes to further their campaign for freedom.

List of speakers include:

  • Andrew Smith – British politician
  • Jennifer Robinson – International human rights lawyer
  • Powes Parkop – Governor of Port Moresby and the National Capital District, PNG
  • Benny Wenda – West Papua independence leader, UK
  • Frances Raday – Expert Member of the UN Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
  • John Saltford –  Expert on the 1969 Act of Free Choice
  • Clement Ronawery – Witness to the 1969 Act of Free Choice
  • Ralph Regenvanu – Vanuatu Justice Minister
  • Charles Foster – co-founder of the International Lawyers for West Papua

As a sign of support for the conference and in solidarity with the Papuan peoples struggle for freedom, the Mayor of Oxford has agreed to fly the Morning Star flag above Oxford Town Hall on the day of the conference.

The conference is taking place at Oxford University’s East School of the Examination Schools, 75-81 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BG. It will commence at 2pm

Those wishing to attend are required to register by emailing conference@ilwp.org

British Lord Mayor backs West Papua’s freedom bid

Oxford Town Hall in the UK has been flying the West Papua flag from its roof for the past 3 days in a show of support for West Papua’s independence struggle.
The gesture came about after a meeting between exiled tribal leader Benny Wenda and the Lord Mayor of Oxford four years ago. Since then, Oxford Town Hall has flown the flag every year on West Papua’s independence day.

West Papua Media Alerts previously reported on how the Indonesian Embassy in London had last year put pressure on the UK Foreign Office to outlaw the raising of the West Papua flag at Oxford Town Hall, but this request was refused.

This Wednesday, activists from the UK based Free West Papua Campaign held a demonstration in London outside the Indonesian Embassy in London. Tribal leader Benny Wenda then visited Downing Street with Lord Harries to hand in a letter and ‘genocide dossier’ to the Prime Minister.

Earlier this year, British Prime Minister David Cameron described the plight of the Papuan people as a ‘terrible situation’ – the highest profile political leader to acknowledge the situation. Since then there have been growing calls within the UK for action to help West Papua. David Cameron had previously met Benny Wenda whilst leader of the UK opposition and showed sympathy for the West Papua issue.

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