“We have a responsibility to care for our brothers and sisters from across the water. We must bring the water and the fire, the love and the music to heal the country and move in solidarity.”Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, Arabunna Aboriginal Elder<
The voyage of the Freedom Flotilla to West Papua was an unprecedented event of creative resistance to the Indonesian occupation of West Papua. The initiative of Indigenous Elders of Australia and West Papua built global solidarity and highlighted the abuses of human rights and land rights carried out under the occupations of their lands on an international stage.
The Freedom Flotilla campaign continues to fight for the rights of West Papuans on land and at sea. Follow the journey on this website or via twitter & facebook.
‘“We work for world peace and justice, we start from our region, the Pacific.”Jacob Rumbiak, Foreign Affairs Minister of the Federated Republic of West Papua.
Come for an indulgent night of some bad arse live music while supporting the West Papua Freedom Flotilla.
If you haven’t already heard, the West Papua Freedom Flotilla is an initiate of Indigenous Elders and West Papua to build a global solidarity and highlight the abuses of human rights and land rights carried out under the occupations of their lands on an international stage.
The line up will include Monkeymarc feat Mc Izzy from Combat Wombat, Thrasher Polka, SlingShot and Cap a Capo. Felon and the ProVocals and Black Vat Trio will also be playing!
Biggest thank you to all the fabulous crew that donated to the to our crowd funding campaign!
The Freedom Flotilla to West Papua would like to thank you for your support in creating an unprecedented event of creative resistance to the Indonesian occupation of West Papua.
This initiative by Indigenous Elders of Australia and West Papua will build global solidarity and highlight the abuses of human rights and land rights carried out under the occupations of their lands on an international stage.
The whole Free West Papua campaign in Melbourne has been re-invigorated by all the energy people have been putting in to get this Freedom Flotilla happening, making donations, organizing and playing at benefit gigs, and spreading the word about the situation of West Papuans.
With this kind of support, we believe the Freedom Flotilla can plant West Papua firmly on the map of peoples’ consciousness world-wide. The more supporters we have behind it the more we can get the word out to the international public and demonstrate that West Papua’s isolation is not a product of geography, but of artificial barriers created by the occupation against journalists and NGOs.
Again we thank you for investing your money and your belief in this historic event.
Join our list of supporters via video message, facebook, email, or commenting here, and add your or your communities name to the growing list of supporters from politicians, unions, campaign groups and musicians.
Thanks for all the work that you’ve done and continue doing that will make this journey possible.
It’s on! 60 days to raise 15k! Who’s going to get the ball rolling!
Money raised goes to sails, life rafts, sat phones, outboard motors, diesel engine repairs, logistics and flights for Elders to the West Papua Freedom Forum in Darwin
This is a call out to Australian West Papua organizations, supporters, freedom fighters and concerned citizens, artists, musicians and media.
This is an invitation from Larrakia June Mills Gunluckiinimul, Australians For a Free West Papua, Freedom Flotilla West Papua and FRWP Women’s Office to come together on Larrakia Country in Darwin for the West Papua Freedom Forum 2015.
We are inviting your involvement and attendence at a nation wide strategy meeting to co-ordinate Australian Solidarity with the Free West Papua movement resulting in a public statement and action plan.
As West Papuans surge forward with their push for membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group, and the campaign in Australia gathers momentum from decades of awareness raising in the wake of the Freedom Flotilla, lets gather to take the campaign to the next level.
Freedom Flotilla – Taking direct action on the high seas against human rights abuses dispossession and poisoning of indigenous land and water in West Papua.
A river of poison flows from the last tropical glassier in the world. It is a sacred place for the Amungme People.The glassier is called Nemangkawi ‘’the white arrow’’. Many people have died by the hands of the Indonesian military who control the area since the mines inception.The Indonesian military are payed over 3 million dollars a year in “protection money” by Freeport McMoran which operates the nearby Grasberg goldmine.
‘’The republic of Indonesia kills people like me, Amungme people, the land the military own in Timika was not bought, it was taken at gunpoint. The Indonesian military is used as a tool by Freeport mine to kill us.’’ Mama Yosepha Alomang.
In 2013 the freedom flotilla reconnected the lands and the struggles of Papuan and Australia indigenous people with a sacred ceremony conducted in the water off the coast of Papua. Indigenous elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott of Arabuna country in South Australia delivered the sacred water from the mound spring in his country and ashes from the Aboriginal tent embassy’s around Australia to West Papuan Elders leaders and Activist to reconnect the land and people that were once joined.
This year the Freedom Flotilla wants to follow up that reconnection with an action to highlight the suffering of West Papuan People and the damage caused by Multinational companies and colonial governments on the land and people, specifically targeting Rio Tinto’s Freeport mine in Tamika West Papua.
Grasberg Freeport McMoran mine In partnership with Rio Tinto the mine accumulates some 700,000 tonnes of toxic mine waste tailings per day ’(that’s nearly 26 billion tonnes a year) discharged out over the mountain polluting the head waters of the life line of the Amungme people.
West Papua is the scene of the most brutal colonial genocide in the region since Britain’s invasion of Australia. The ‘state torture and terrorism’ inflicted on West Papuans is the saddest and most horrific situation a human being can endure.
The Inaugural Melbourne Activist Arts Festival will be presenting photos from the Freedom Flotilla’s journey alongside a huge array of artworks, poetry and film in a showcase of creative resistance from around the world. Check out the lineup below!