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West Papua

Homilies & Addresses The Rev'd Paul Reynolds, Aunty Dr Rose Elu, The Rev'd Bradley Hauff and The Rt. Rev'd Te Kitohi Pikaahu Homilies & Addresses

Anglican Indigenous Network: Lambeth Conference 2022

“God calls us to respect one another. This, in part at least, involves respecting people’s territories, traditions and protocols; seeking counsel and consent; and, caring for one another. Respect is also about being welcoming and inclusive. When respect is fostered, harmony presides. When respect is denied, harm is caused,” says Aunty Dr Rose Elu in her Lambeth Conference Anglican Indigenous Network address

Features West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda with EU Parliamentarians Features

“I want Australian Anglicans to know about West Papua”

“Human rights abuses of West Papuans by the Indonesian Government have gone on for so long that many people who were born since the Indonesian takeover are now grandparents. That’s why West Papuan Australians like me need to speak up in support of the Pacific Elders and others who stand up for the rights of my people to live in peace, freedom and safety,” says a former West Papuan refugee

The Morning Star flag was first raised in 1961 by West Papuan legislators who had been promised independence by then-colonial ruler, the Netherlands. In 1962 West Papua was invaded by Indonesia. Because the Indonesian authorities see the Morning Star flag as a challenge to their sovereignty, West Papuans are arrested, tortured or imprisoned if they raise it
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"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you”

“While we were on the island building the canoe we prayed and fasted in preparation for the journey, so we were spiritually and mentally ready. We knew that if we were caught by the Indonesian military that we would be tortured or killed. We also knew that we would likely have to contend with cyclones, pirates, sharks, thirst and hunger,” says a former refugee from West Papua

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West Papuans: the right to freedom

“In my six visits to West Papua since 2015, I have certainly sensed the fear that naturally comes when acts of unbelievable brutality are perpetrated against the West Papuan community…However, I have also seen and experienced the indomitable hope for freedom and justice welling up in the hearts of Papuans when I have spent time with them,” says Peter Arndt