West Papua 1942 to 2019: the legals, the politics, and the only way forward

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This document by Jacob Rumbiak begins with an exposé of the twenty-period between 1942 and 1962, covering the Pacific War in West Papua (1942–1944) and the nation’s twelve years as a UN Non-Self-Governing Territory (1950–1962). The third section details the legal manoeuvring by Indonesia, the United States, and the United Nations to turn the Non-Self-Governing Territory into an Indonesian colony. The fourth section sketches the West Papuans’ program in 2020 to be registered on the UN Decolonisation List. The final section is a Q&A rebuttal of the claims used by Indonesia to takeover and occupy the 459,412 kms2 of richly resourced Melanesian land.

Jacob, the Spokesperson for the United Liberaiton Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) presented the paper on 28 November 2019 at the Pacific Institute, Australian National University.

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Four important legal papers referred to in the document:
1. George Lambert (2000) WEST PAPUA: Real-Politik v International Law
[click to read/download] https://dfait.federalrepublicofwestpapua.org/document/west-papua-real-politik-v-international-law-by-george-lambert-icj-2000/

2. Melinda Janki (2010) West Papua and the Right to Self-Determination under International Law
[click to read/download Melinda Janki, West_Papua_and_the_right_to_self-determination_under_international law

3. Annette Culley (2016) WEST PAPUA: Decolonization, Boundaries and Self-determination
[click to read/download] https://dfait.federalrepublicofwestpapua.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/West-Papua-Decolonization-Boundaries-and-Self-Determination-Annette-Culley.pdf

4. Annette Culley (2017) State Responsibility in International Law
[click to read/download] https://dfait.federalrepublicofwestpapua.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/State-Responsibility-in-International-Law-by-Annette-Culley.pdf