West Papua: the legals, the politics, and the only way forward

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This document begins with an exposé of the twenty-period between 1942 and 1962 that is usually bypassed in accounts of West Papua, namely the Pacific War (1942–1944) and our twelve years as a United Nations Non-Self-Governing Territory (1950–1962). The next section details the legal manoeuvring by which the Non-Self-Governing Territory became an Indonesian colony. The next section sketches the West Papuans’ 2020 program to be registered on the UN Decolonisation List. The document concludes with a Q&A rebuttal of the mendacious claims Indonesia used to acquire 459,412 kms2 of richly resourced Melanesian land.

‘West Papua: Real-Politik v International Law’ by George Lambert ICJ, 2000

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West Papua A Longing for Freedom

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What are the changes that happened in the past 50 years that West Papua has been ruled by Indonesia? Why do I reflect on my personal journey and write this? Because this has been the reality of the lives of the Papuan people under the Indonesian military system since the 1st of May, 1963 and since the so called Act of Free Choice in 1969 when West Papua through military and political pressure was unjustly integrated into Indonesia. We [West Papuans] have maintained our dignity in the face of oppression, insult and prejudice. So many of our people have suffered and died, and they will continue to suffer and die under the military regime of Indonesia. This is why we cannot stop our struggle for justice and freedom.

Briefing Paper for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

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This paper was developed by the West Papua National Authority, in consultation with the OPM, the Papua Presidium Council, tribal leaders, Church leaders, NGO’s, women leaders and student organization. It addresses common misunderstandings about the West Papuan liberation struggle, and answers questions commonly posed by journalists, diplomats, and politicians about an issue usually considered in terms of political sovereignty and human rights, but which has become central to the security and defence of countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Melanesian Spearhead Group briefing May 2013

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Outlining the institutions, strategies, political priorities and social objectives of the Federal Republic of West Papua before the meeting of the MSG secretariat meeting in Kanaky.

Solving the Political Problem of West Papua by Peaceful Means

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Prepared for Act of Free Choice Seminar, Institute for Dutch History, Royal Library in The Hague, 15 November 2005

Submission to Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade

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“Building a relationship between Australia and Indonesia (that includes West Papua) based on the classic principles of Justice, Peace & Love" 24 October 2002

Knowing and understanding how the West Papuans were robbed of their right to independence

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Paper presented at 'West Papua at the Crossroads: A conference on the prospects for peace and conflict resolution in West Papua' University of Sydney. 19th April 2000.