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“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 in 2013 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.

kev-flags-vibranceIn 2015 the Freedom Flotilla West Papua will undertake further creative actions of resistance to highlight the suffering of West Papuan People and the damage caused by multinational corporations and colonial governments on the land and people, specifically targeting Rio Tinto’s Freeport mine in Timika West Papua.

“The Republic of Indonesia kills people like me, Amungme people, the land the military own in Tamika 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<

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.

West Papua Freedom Forum

WEST PAPUA FREEDOM FORUM 4th to 6th July Stokes Hill Wharf Function Centre, Stokes Hill Rd, DARWIN ENTRY FREE or by donation, food & refreshments by donation Welcome to Country Sat 4th July 10am
Enquiries: 0497513584 or 0410535896 or 0450672692
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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 and Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, Arabunna Elder, as well as the West Papua Freedom Flotilla, Australians For a Free West Papua and the Federated Republic West Papua Women’s Office to come together on Larrakia Country in Darwin for the West Papua Freedom Forum 2015.

Get involved in a nation wide anti-colonization gathering of consciousness to coordinate solidarity between allies within the Free West Papua movement and Indigenous struggle everywhere. Share skills and experiences, and increase involvement in each others projects, we invite you to propose a workshop, talk, creative action, storytelling or musical performance.

The Freedom Forum will result in a public statement and action plan.

“We cant have this murder on our door step. We must contest the Indonesian authority. We must free West Papua at all cost, we gonna need all your help.’’ Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, Arabunna Elder

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Share skills and experiences, and increase involvement in each others projects, we invite you to propose a workshop, talk, creative action, storytelling or musical performance.  Please let us know if you want to propose a contribution to the event, or if there are any other key people in the campaign that we should forward this invitation to (Contact Izzy Brown, logistics 0410535896 or izzybrown@live.com)


We are still fundraising for this event. Please consider donating to help make it happen! BENDIGO BANK bsb 633000 a/c 153295308

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.

Last year we witnessed the historic foundation of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, bringing the West Papuan National Coalition for Liberation, the Federated Republic of West Papua and the National Parliament of West Papua (along with the West Papuan National Committee) together in their push for diplomatic recognition at the MSG. We believe that now is the time for the Australian Solidarity movement to follow their lead and revive the co-operation between our regional campaign groups, consolidate our strength and co-ordinate our strategies to increase pressure on the Australian and Indonesian governments.

We believe that the Australian campaign strength lies in its regional and demographic diversity, with campaign groups having strengths including church and union organising, academic research and media production, fundraising and direct action. By co-ordinating our campaigns around certain events and focused demands, we can better share our skills and resources and amplify the effects of our campaign internationally.

KSI LANGSUNG FREEDOM FLOTILLA PAPUA BARAT 2015

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Juru bicara Freedom Flotilla Papua Barat, Izzy Brown, telah mengkonfirmasi bahwa Freedom Flotilla akan membentangkan layar dari Darwin pada tahun ini untuk melakukan aksi langsung terbaru mereka di lautan untuk menyorot kerusakan yang dilakukan oleh korporasi multinasional dan pemerintahan kolonial pada lahan dan masyarakat Papua Barat; terutama menargetkan pemilik saham terbesar di pertambangan Freeport di Timika, yaitu korporasi Rio Tinto.
”Kami menargetkan Freeport karena pembunuhan masal yang mereka lakukan di Papua Barat sangatlah menjijikkan. Selain membiayai militer Indonesia untuk membunuh masyarakat pribumi Papua Barat, mereka juga meracuni tanah dan perairan di Papua Barat hingga titik yang mustahil untuk diperbaiki, tanpa mempedulikan standar lingkungan internasional sama sekali,” kata Brown. Freedom Flotilla Papua Barat telah berhasil melewati Angkatan Laut Indonesia dan petugas pemerintahan Australia pada tahun 2013, ketika mereka berhasil melakukan misi mereka untuk menghubungkan kembali masyarakat Papua Barat dan kaum Aborigin. Setelah melewati perjalanan sejauh 5000 kilometer dari Danau Eyre di Australia Selatan hingga titik yang disebut sebagai “perbatasan Indonesia” jauh di Utara pada selat Torres; Tetua Arabunna, Paman Kevin Buzzacot, memberikan air suci dari lahan mereka sendiri disertai abu dari upacara sakral yang dilakukan diantara dua kapal kecil diluar teluk selatan Papua tersebut, dengan menghindari intersepsi oleh petugas pemerintahan. Aksi tersebut berhasil mendapatkan perhatian sorotan media global kepada isu Papua Barat.

FREEDOM FLOTILLA dan FORUM PEMBEBASAN PAPUA BARAT, DARWIN 2015
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Paman Kevin Buzzacott dan Freedom Flotilla Papua Barat akan berpartisipasi dalam Forum Pembebasan Papua Barat di Darwin pada bulan Juli untuk memperingati Pembantaian Biak, dengan fokus kepada pembangunan jaringan pribumi Papua Barat dan Australia. Tetua Aborigin Larrakia dan Arabunna June Mills dan Paman Kevin Buzzacott, bersama dengan organisasi-organisasi Papua Barat Australia, kelompok-kelompok pribumi, dan para pendukung non-pribumi akan berkumpul di forum ini pada 4-6 Juli untuk berpartisipasi dalam diskusi, workshop, berbagi cerita, dan pertunjukan musik. Pemimpin Papua Barat yang terusir, mantan tahanan politik dan anggota dari Persatuan Pergerakan Pembebasan Papua Barat, Jacob Rumbiak, juga akan menghadiri Forum Pembebasan tersebut setelah kembali dari Kepulauan Solomon dimana ia telah memfasilitasi penyertaan keanggotaan Papua Barat dalam badan regional yang tangguh, Melanesian Spearhead Group.
“Kami bekerja untuk kedamaian dan keadilan di dunia, dimulai dari area kami, Pasifik.” kata Rumbiak. Paman Kevin Buzzacott telah mengkonfirmasi bahwa Forum Pembebasan Papua Barat akan mengeluarkan pernyataan publik dan rencana aksi untuk memperingati Pembantaian Biak, dimana lebih dari 150 orang telah disiksa dengan brutal, hingga kemudian dibunuh dan dibuang tubuhnya di lautan; setelah aksi protes mendukung kemerdekaan pada kepulauan utara Papua Barat, Biak, Juli 1998.
“Kami tidak bisa membiarkan pembunuhan ini didiamkan pada pintu kami. Kami harus menantang kekuasaan Indonesia. Kami harus memerdekakan Papua, dengan risiko apapun.” kata Buzzacott.

Kontak Media untuk Forum Pembebasan: Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, Tetua Arabunna 0431157747
Kontak media untuk Papua Barat: Ronny Kareni, Juru Bicara Media Papua Barat 0401222177

WEST PAPUA FREEDOM FLOTILLA DIRECT ACTION 2015

West Papua Freedom Flotilla spokesperson Izzy Brown has confirmed that the Freedom Flotilla will set sail from Darwin this year to undertake their latest direct action on the high seas to highlight damage caused by multinational corporations and colonial governments on the land and people of West Papua, specifically targeting major shareholder Rio Tinto and the Freeport Grasberg mine in Timika.

”We’re targeting Rio Tinto and the Freeport Grasberg mine because the genocide they are committing on the West Papuan people is disgusting. Not only are they funding the Indonesian military to kill indigenous West Papuans, they are also poisoning the land and water beyond repair and disregarding global environmental standards,” Ms Brown said.

The Freedom Flotilla to West Papua successfully defied the Indonesian Navy and Australian authorities in 2013 when they completed their mission to reconnect West Papuan and Aboriginal Peoples.

After a 5000 kilometre journey from Lake Eyre in South Australia all the way to the so-called Indonesian border north off the Torres Strait Arabunna Elder, Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, delivered sacred water from his own country and ashes from Aboriginal tent embassies around Australia directly to West Papuan leaders.

The secret ceremony took place between two small boats off the south coast of Papua, avoided interception by authorities and gained global media attention putting West Papuan issues in the spotlight.

Flotilla Media Contact for Direct Action: Izzy Brown 0497513584 or 0410535896flag-dawn_fb

FREEDOM FLOTILLA AT WEST PAPUA FREEDOM FORUM, DARWIN 2015

Uncle Kevin Buzzacott and the West Papua Freedom Flotilla will be participating in the West Papua Freedom Forum in Darwin in July on the anniversary of the Biak Massacre with a focus on Indigenous networking between Australia and West Papua.

Larrakia and Arabunna Aboriginal Elders June Mills and Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, along with Australian West Papua organizations, Indigenous groups and non-indigenous supporters will converge at the forum from the 4th to the 6th of July to participate in workshops, talk, storytelling and musical performance.

Exiled West Papuan leader, former political prisoner and member of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, Jacob Rumbiak, will also attend the Freedom Forum after returning from the Solomon Islands where he has been facilitating West Papua’s submission for membership into powerful regional body, the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

“We work for world peace and justice, we start from our region, the Pacific.” Mr Rumbiak said.

Uncle Kevin Buzzacott has confirmed that the West Papua Freedom Forum will result in a public statement and action plan to commemorate the Biak Massacre atrocities in which more than 150 people were brutally tortured, killed and their bodies dumped at sea, after a pro-independence protest on the northern West Papuan island of Biak in July, 1998.

“We can’t have this murder on our doorstep. We must contest the Indonesian authority. We must free West Papua at all cost.” Mr Buzzacott said.

Flotilla Media Contact for Freedom Forum:
Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, Arabunna Elder 0431157747

Flotilla Media Contact for West Papua:
Ronny Kareni, West Papuan Media Spokesperson 0401222177kev_fb

Flotilla Fundraiser Sydney

Flotilla Fundraiser Sydney

P1160544Friday 29th May @ Monster Mouse warehouse

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!

We will also be providing food by donation.

Entry $5-10
Hope to see you all there!

Biggest thank you to all the fabulous crew that donated to the to our crowd funding campaign!

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.