Today, thousands of people across West Papua will take to the streets to mark their country’s independence day – 1st December 1961. It was the day the Dutch Empire granted West Papua its independence. Twelve months later Indonesia invaded, and since then over 500,000 Papuans have been slaughtered by the Indonesian security forces.

In London, exiled West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda will be joined by supporters for a demonstration outside the Indonesian Embassy before moving onto the foreign office to hand in a copy of the newly published book on the Act of Free Choice by Professor Pieter Drooglever.

In this fast changing world, it should be hoped that for the good of humanity the people of West Papua are not forced to suffer in silence for much longer. The scars of the past will never fully heal, but whilst their remains hope anything remains possible.

To find out more about the situation in West Papua visit www.freewestpapua.org