Herman Wainggai
The man who never quit


He spent a few years in Australia raising awareness and speaking to people about the issues of West Papua. In June of 2009, he was invited to attend a 'Nonviolent workshop' in Boston, and then returned the following year. He is currently a 'Visiting Scholar' at George Mason University.
Herman Wainggai also represents West Papua at the United Nations and also working closely with the TASSC to fight against torture around the world. He spoke in various rallies, schools - high schools and university campuses across America about his experience and is quite happy to share his story. 
In 2016, he traveled to Holly Wood where his short documentary films - 'Hidden Genocide' and 'West Papua - A Journey to Freedom' were shown at the Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival. He spoke passionately about his life here in the US.
By Editor
Herman Wainggai is a political activist and a former political prisoner who spent more than two years in prison for organizing peaceful protests back in his home West Papua.
In 2000, Mr. Wainggai and his father were arrested and held in an Indonesian police station for four months - sleeping on barefloors and kept in a darkroom. During that four months, he was brought to court four times and in the end, the court sentenced him to four months in prison. However, credited for time served, he and his father walked out of prison and went straight back to organizing peaceful protests.

In 2002, he flew to Fiji where he lobbied hard for support from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) which was held in Suva, Fiji, that day. He sneaked in to PNG where he collected his ticket and flew to Fiji. He spent 6 months. Upon his return, however, he was arrested and sent to prison for two years. He was held in a detention without shower, or light for long period of time. He served his full prison-term and was released in 2004.
Between 2004 and 2005, Herman planned to escape and take his message to the international community. However, there was no easy way out. So he and his father built a traditional West Papuan boat big enough to carry more than 40 people. As 2005 came to a close, he took 42 friends including his own family members and escaped to Australia.
In 2006, he and his fellow West Papuans landed at Mapoon Island in Northern Australia. They spent 4 nights and 3 days in the water almost perish from starvation.

Giving a presentation about West Papua. 

Father and son conversation 

You may have heard or read about political prisoners and how they were treated, but you probably never spoke or met one in real life. This is your chance to meet a real former political prisoner who experienced what many political prisoners never lived to tell. His story will help you appreciate the freedom Americans have, living in this beautiful country. You can join him on facebook or email him directly. You can also invite him to speak at your event(s). 

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Congresswoman  Lee

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D) of Texas, wrote a letter of support for West Papua. Click on the link and view it: 
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