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

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This document by Jacob Rumbiak is a fully referenced exposé of the twenty-year-period in West Papua between 1942 and 1962, covering the Pacific War (1942–44) and the nation’s twelve years as a UN Non-Self-Governing Territory (1950–62). It also includes a forensic analysis of the legal manoeuvring by Indonesia, the United States and United Nations to turn the Non-Self-Governing Territory into an Indonesian colony, and the West Papuans program since 2014 to overturn the UN’s decision and get themselves registered on the UN Decolonisation List. The last section is a Q&A rebuttal of the claims Indonesia used to takeover the 459,412 kms2 of richly resourced Melanesian land. Jacob, as Spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), first presented ‘West Papua 1942 to 2019: the legals, the politics, and the only way forward’ on 28 November 2019 at the Pacific Institute, Australian National University. (click to read/download/print)

West Papua 1942 to 2019, the legals, the politics, and the only way forward
Jacob Rumbiak (2019) West Papua 1942 to 2019, the legals, the politics, and the only way forward_compressed

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

Melinda Janki (2010) West Papua and the Right to Self-Determination under International Law
Melinda Janki, West_Papua_and_the_right_to_self-determination_under_international law

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

Annette Culley (2017) State Responsibility in International Law
https://dfait.federalrepublicofwestpapua.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/State-Responsibility-in-International-Law-by-Annette-Culley.pdf
 

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