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Lush backs Free West Papua campaign

Cosmetics brand Lush has put its support behind a campaign supporting the independence of West Papua.

The brand, which also supports gay marriage and animal rights group, is backing the Rize of the Morning Star campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the struggle of West Papua under Indonesian rule.

Since Indonesia’s occupation, raising the red white and blue flag, known as the Morning Star flag which has become a symbol of resistance, has been met with imprisonment.

Lush is calling on the release of Filep Karma, a freedom fighter serving 15 years in jail for raising the Morning Star at a rally in 20o4. The campaign is also calling on the release of all West Papuan political prisoners.

Lush will donate all funds from the sales of its Smell of Freedom perfume to the campaign group with customers able to sign a petition asking the Australian government to take action.

Megan Taylor, Lush campaigns manger said: “The people of West Papua have been struggling against violence and oppression for decades, and their voices are rarely heard beyond the barrier put up by the Indonesian authorities. We hope that by running this campaign we can raise awareness of their struggle and help bring about a free and independent West Papua.”

Ronny Kareni from the Rize of the Morning Star campaign said: “Australia has the power to bring about real change. As West Papua’s closest neighbour, it must lead the peacekeeping force and encourage a dialogue between the Indonesian and Australian government. By standing up and taking action, we can help provide a voice to West Papuans in their fight for freedom.”

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