The Chairperson of United Liberation Movement for West Papua H.E Benny Wenda has sent his deepest condolences on behalf of the people of West Papua.
On behalf of the people of West Papua, I send my deepest condolences to the people of Ghana following the passing of former President Jerry Rawlings.
Known for an anti-colonial stance, President Rawlings’ leadership saw West Papuan freedom fighters welcomed as refugees in Ghana in the 1980s.
When I met him in 2016, he assured me of his people’s enduring support for West Papua saying, “It is no surprise to me that you had support from Ghana at the UN in 1969 and that we accepted West Papuan refugees in the 1980’s. West Africa has seen slavery, colonial and independence struggles….Chief you find yourself in a very painful situation!…I suggest that you contact the European Commission, every parliamentarian, the AU and all organizations concerned. Keep knocking and knock again, don’t let them sleep, we will contribute by reminding them who is still colonized…Keep fighting!”
We West Papuans have never forgotten the incredible leadership that Ghana showed us in 1969 when they led scores of mainly African and Caribbean nations to demand our self-determination at the United Nations.
We will never forget the incredible leadership shown to us by President Rawlings and all fellow African leaders, who know that one day, we as Black West Papuans will finally be liberated too.
On behalf of the people of #WestPapua, I send my deepest condolences to the people of #Ghana following the passing of former President @officeofJJR. President Rawlings was a strong #FreeWestPapua supporter & told me "Keep fighting!”
Rest in Power One day we will be free. pic.twitter.com/0VSqGdfp8R
— Benny Wenda (@BennyWenda) November 16, 2020
Former Ghanaian President H.E Jerry Rawlings was an ardent supporter of West Papua And a strong advocate for self determination of the indigenous people who are undergoing systematic human rights violations and servitude.
West Papua is a Black nation that is still under Indonesian colonial domination in 21st Century.
West Papua was initially colonized by the Dutch and now by Indonesia which was also a Dutch Colony.
Over 500,000 Papuans have been massacred by Indonesian Colonial regime while over 6Million have disappeared through forceful depopulation and deployment of Biological weapons.
Indonesia has deployed thousands of troops to force Papuans to accept failed autonomy law but many continue to resist the colonial repression.