Welcome to the West Papuan Human Rights Center (WPHRC) website. The WPHRC was established in 2019, by a group of American-Melanesia academics and human rights activists in Washington, DC, and Virginia to support the efforts of the West Papuan Mission to the US and the United Nations and to monitor the ongoing crisis in West Papua.

The center’s main objectives:

  • Monitor Human Rights Violations of our indigenous people in West Papua. For years, the Indonesian government refused to let foreign journalists and international observers into West Papua making it impossible for human rights violations to reach  the outside world. This center was created to make ensure violations of our people are being reported and voices of our people are heard.
  • To educate young Americans and visitors from around the world to this website about the West Papuan inalienable rights in regard to self-determination and full independence with international law and the United Nations resolutions. In concert, the center campaigns for protecting human rights and advocates for the rule of law in accordance with international standards.

If you have any questions about the center, please, contact us.  You can also donate to the center’s cause and operations by visiting our donation page.

Thank you,



Herman Wainggai
Founder & Executive Director
West Papuan Human Rights Center, Washington, D.C. Nonviolent leader of West Papua and co-founder of West Papua National Authority (WPNA)