Surfers for West Papua

Surfers for West Papua

Surfers for West Papua is a solidarity and awareness-raising campaign aimed at exposing the brutal oppression and on-going occupation of West Papua.

Indonesia is a country close to the heart of many surfers: perfect waves, warm water and friendly locals means the archipelago nation often ranks highly as a surfing holiday destination. Yet Indonesia has a much darker side that few know about. In the 1960s, Indonesia invaded the western half of New Guinea and has maintained a brutal occupation ever since. Amnesty International estimates that between 100,000 and 400,000 West Papuans have been killed by Indonesian security forces and countless others have been tortured, raped, intimidated and unjustly imprisoned. West Papuans have been subjected to forced labor, dispossessed of their land, and are becoming increasingly marginalised and isolated through a transmigration program which has made them a minority in their own land. Together, the various atrocities committed against the first peoples of this region have been described as a 'slow genocide'. 

Originally founded as 'Don't go to Indo', Surfers for West Papua is a solidarity and awareness-raising campaign aimed at exposing Indonesia's brutal oppression and on-going occupation of West Papua to the international surfing community. 

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