8 May 2017

Wenda seeks more NZ support for West Papuans

From , 5:03 am on 8 May 2017

A prominent West Papua independence activist in exile is visiting New Zealand to raise awareness and seek more support for the plight of his people.

The UK-based Benny Wenda claims that under Indonesian rule, West Papuans have suffered ongoing human rights abuses, intimidation, killings, torture and beatings.

Jakarta however says the abuses are largely historical, claiming it has been taking significant steps to improve conditions and foster economic development in Papua.

Mr Wenda has planned visits to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch this week.

West Papua Action spokesperson Maire Leadbetter says there were several recent attacks on journalists and they are lobbying for democracy and change.

Maire Leadbetter spoke to Sara Vui-Talitu.

Benny Wenda

Benny Wenda Photo: bennywenda.org