Benny Wenda nominated for Peace Prize again
The Free West Papua Campaign is delighted to announce that for the second year in a row, Free West Papua Campaign founder Benny Wenda has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
According to the Free West Papua Campaign, Benny had been nominated for the Peace Prize last year too and this year a number of renowned dignitaries including parliamentarians from around the World have voted him for him.
The Campaign further stated that, Benny has been nominated as he has devoted his life in search of just and peaceful solution to the conflict in West Papua, the western part of the island of New Guinea. West Papua, which is illegally occupied by Indonesia, continues to experience a slow genocide that has killed an estimated half a million Papuans since 1961. The struggle for peace and self-determination in West Papua has remained largely unreported, since Indonesia restricts the entry of foreign journalists and humanitarian organisations: in the face of this silence the efforts of Benny Wenda are all the more courageous and vital. You can read more about Benny’s story, including his wrongful imprisonment and brave escape here wenny.
This year, Benny was jointly nominated by: Vanuatu Prime Minister, Moana Carcasses Kalosil speaks for West Papua at UN
Moana Carcasses Kalosil: Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu and current Vanuatu Opposition Leader.
Catherine Delahunty: Member of the New Zealand Parliament and Green Party Spokesperson for the Environment, (Mining, Toxics) Education and the Treaty of Waitangi
Ralph Regenvanu, Vanuatu MP supporting a Free West Papua Ralph Regenvanu: Member of the Vanuatu Parliament and President of the Land and Justice Party
Benny was also nominated individually by: Bishop of Oxford, John Pritchard supports a Free West Papua; Rt Revd John Pritchard: Bishop of Oxford, United Kingdom
“The winner of this years Nobel Peace Prize will be announced next Friday on 10th October and Benny is one of 278 candidates to be officially registered by the Nobel Committee and we very much hope that he will be chosen to receive the prize,” the Free West Papua campaigners said in a statement to the press.
The Oslo Times