Herman Wainggai

HERMAN WAINGGAI illuminated West Papua’s independence claim when he led 43 West Papuans to Australia in a traditional canoe in 2006. While a student at Cendrawasih University, he founded the West Papua National Youth Awareness Team and West Papuan Student Union. On two occasions he has been convicted of subversion, and has been incarcerated for almost three years. He has played a prominent role in educating the leadership of West Papuan institutions to adopt a single strategy for furthering West Papua’s independence claim.

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