The West Papuan Human Rights Center WPHRC was established in 2019, by a group of American-Melanesia Academics and human rights activists in Washington, D. C, and Virginia to support the efforts of the West Papuan Mission to the United States Government (USG) and the United Nations and to monitor the ongoing crisis in West Papua, and the Human Rights its indigenous people.
A major part of this project is public awareness and education. The story of West Papua is unique and intriguing, and we want to share it with you and your friends wherever you are in this world.
We achieve this goal by:
1. Documenting stories of women and children and assessing their areas of need.
2. Providing school supplies: English materials, cultural education training for adults and children.
3. Establishing legal workshop to educate West Papuan indigenous people about their rights.
4. Raising international awareness for issues in West Papua – its history, political culture, and experience with foreign occupiers.
5. Advocating for religious freedom and tolerance of religious rights.
Training of our young activists is a one of the priorities of the WPHRC. They learned how to approach or respond to government authorities – how to protest without violating the laws and spending decades behind bars. The community activists and leaders we’d trained are now active in West Papua in promoting our mission through ‘Nonviolent resistance’ while calling for public dialogue about the issues of West Papua. Here are some pictures of the community political activists we trained in the past.
Our education training program is essential. West Papuan children needs to access to better education and educational materials about their own culture and history. We hope to enhance this education program in the near future.
Community organizing and training are an integral part of our ‘Nonviolent movement’ in West Papua. These are people that believed that the issues of West Papua can be addressed through peaceful means. They live among the people and work with the people on how to raise our issues while maintaining peace in the community.
Legal awareness training
Understand the legal arguments of West Papua is important. Here are snapshots of our training of volunteers and interested individuals who wanted to know more about our struggle for self-determination. The legal arguments for West Papuan self-determination were laid out by Dr. Thom Wainggai in his argument against the Indonesian courts during his trial.
It is important to learn from others and understand their cultures. One of our priorities is to promote our culture through this website and through cultural training programs which will be provided in the future.
Journalism and Media Training
Media training and documentary are important in our work. News gathering, interview and documentary are crucial to our project, and we are looking for ways to enhance it.
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