9 Jul 2019

Renowned West Papuan rights activist dies

9:37 am on 9 July 2019

Leading West Papuan human rights activist Ferry Marisan has died in Jayapura.

Ferry Marisan

Ferry Marisan Photo: Whens Tebay

Mr Marisan is well known for his work over two decades with the Advocacy of Human Rights Institution, ELSHAM Papua.

He played a prominent role in raising awareness about Papuan rights, including in relation to exploitation of Papua's mineral resources.

Mr Marisan was also a renowned musician whose recordings and performances with the Black Paradise group gained a large following.

Tabloid Jubi reported that Mr Marisan died at Abepura hospital from diabetes complications.

He is survived by his wife and two children.