Papua Merdeka Concert
NZ musicians stand up for freedom in West Papua
Featuring SJD, Mara TK, Tourettes, The Bads, Steve Abel, Nightchoir, Will Wood, Reb Fountain, Road Warriors and Loud Ghost.
Friday 4 July at 8pm
The Wine Cellar, St Kevin’s Arcade, 183 Karangahape Road,Auckland
$15 on the door.
The people of West Papua are NZ’s Melanesian neighbours; they share the island of New Guinea with the people of independent Papua New Guinea. In 1961 West Papuans were on track to achieving independence from the Dutch but in a cold war trade-off they were forced to accept rule from Indonesia.
Since this time the indigenous people of West Papua have been subjected to gross human rights violations.
International and Indonesian human rights groups have documented the extensive use of torture and killings by the security forces in West Papua. There is ongoing suppression of freedom of expression and now over 70 West Papua political prisoners languishing in jail for nothing more than raising the Papuan Morning Star flag or taking part in peaceful events.
NZ West Papua Solidarity Activist Maire Leadbeater explains says “The West Papuan resistance is now largely a peaceful struggle: a David and Goliath contest in which our solidarity can help to tip the balance. Remember East Timor. The odds were against East Timorese Independence until international action reached a high level.”
Funds raised from the show will go towards the expenses to bring outspoken West Papuan journalist and human rights advocate Victor Mambor to New Zealand Aotearoa. Mambor will be a keynote speaker at the seminar ‘West Papua: the Pacific’s secret shame’ taking place at theUniversity of Auckland, on 1 and 2 August.