West Papuan Independence Leader and Spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Benny Wenda met with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town, South Africa. (Benny Wenda first met with the Archbishop in February this year.) Today they discussed the support of the Pacific islands Churches for West Papua’s right to self determination and de-colonisation. Benny Wenda also updated the Archbishop on West Papua’s recent recognition by the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).
Archbishop Desmond Tutu told Benny Wenda “The people of West Papua and their struggle are in my prayers”
In February, Desmond Tutu renewed a call he made at the United Nations in 2004, for a UN review of the Act of free Choice in 1969, the fraudulent act by which Indonesia claims sovereignty over West Papua.
We are very grateful for all the outstanding support from Archbishop Desmond Tutu for West Papua’s freedom.