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West Papua Flag Day
1 December All day
On this day each year marches, prayer services and flag raising ceremonies are held to commemorate the first raising of the West Papuan national flag, the Bintang Kejora or Morning Star. The flag was first raised in 1961 by a group of West Papuan legislators who had been promised independence by then-colonial ruler, the Netherlands.
In 1962 Indonesia invaded West Papua, an act later recognised by the United Nations General Assembly in 1969. Since then the raising of the Morning Star flag has been treated as a criminal offense. It is a symbol of the ongoing struggle for West Papuan independence.
Find out more about the history of West Papua here.
Visit the website of the Pacific Conference of Churches to find out about their latest actions in solidairty with the people of West Papua.