Sunday, 9 October 2011

Flying the Flag in Support of Free West Papua

Lush raise funds for the Free West Papua campaign through the sales of The Smell of Freedom fragrance From the 8th – 14th October, Lush is supporting the Free West Papua campaign in all 99 shops in the UK and Ireland and will be raising the banned Morning Star Flag in their shop windows.  

The iconic red, white and blue flag has become a symbol of resistance and calls for independence for the people of West Papua. Ever since Indonesia seized control of the country in the 1960s raising the flag has been made illegal and many people have been persecuted and imprisoned for doing so.  

Freedom fighter Filep Karma is currently serving 15 years in prison for raising the Morning Star at a rally in 2004 and is recognised as a prisoner of conscience by human rights groups around the world. Lush is calling for his release, as well as the release of all West Papuan political prisoners and for a free and fair referendum to enable all West Papuans the opportunity to determine their own future.
During this week, 100% of the proceeds (minus the VAT) from the sales of The Smell of Freedom fragrance (£32.00 for 30g perfume bottle / £15.00 for 10g atomizer / £7.00 for 12g solid perfume) will be donated to the Free West Papua Campaign. Head perfumer Simon Constantine was inspired to create this perfume based on his experiences of meeting three survivors of hardship. The common factor was freedom. It’s a fragrance of strength, hope and unwavering determination.   

Main notes: lemongrass, lemon myrtle, neroli, jasmine, ginger, fire tree, clove, black pepper, sandalwood, oudh, orris.

Further information on Free West Papua can be found at: 

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