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NZIIA Speaker Event: West Papua, human rights and self detemination - the role of New Zealand


Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 5:30pm


Lecture Theatre 1, Old Government Buildings, Pipitea Campus, Victoria University, Wellington

Benny Wenda is a West Papua independence leader, Secretary General of Demmak (The Koteka Tribal Assembly), and founder of the Free West Papua Campaign. He lives in exile in the UK. In 2003 he was granted political asylum by the British Government following his escape from custody while on trial in West Papua. Benny is visiting New Zealand as part of his first official overseas tour to build support and awareness of the campaign for self-determination for the people of West Papua. Ahead of the tour, Benny spoke of his hopes that "it will further raise the voice of the West Papuan people whose cries for freedom and justice have been largely ignored by the international community for the last 50 years".

Jennifer Robinson is a human rights lawyer and the Legal Director for the Bertha Foundation in London, with the task of creating and developing a global human rights and public interest law program. From 2009 she worked at the London law firm of Finers Stephens Innocent LLP where, among other things, she acted for Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Bloomberg, The Guardian, The New York Times and CNN. Jennifer has defended political prisoner Benny Wenda, helping him come to the UK as a political refugee, and worked on projects involving the accountability of multinational corporations for human rights abuses with a particular interest in the Freeport mine in West Papua. She is also involved with the International Lawyers for West Papua (ILWP).

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