West Papua increases its legal arsenal with publication of ‘State responsibility in international law’

“This paper affirms that States have a responsibility to protect all those within their territory; that third States have a right and obligation to complain of wrongful acts committed by a sovereign State; and finally, that sovereignty comes under question where a people within a sovereign state are subject to alien subjugation or serious violations of their human rights” [Annette Culley]

The publication of Annette Culley’s STATE RESPONSIBLITY IN INTERNATIONAL LAW was a feature event of the FRWP Open Day in Docklands on 22 April 2017.  The comprehensive analysis of the principles governing when and how a State is, and can be held, responsible for breaches of international obligations augments West Papua’s legal arsenal for independence from the Unitary Republic of Indonesia. It also empowers activists with the necessary international legal framings for their lobbying of the Australian and other governments to take a better analysed and much more critical position of the Indonesian government’s human rights abuses in West Papua.

‘State Responsibility in international law’ is the companion work to Culley’s WEST PAPUA: DECOLONIZATION, BOUNDARIES AND SELF-DETERMINATION, which was also published by Federal Republic of West Papua office in Docklands (see https://dfait.federalrepublicofwestpapua.org/federal-republic-of-west-papua-publishes-important-new-book/ )

The publication was launched by ISABELLE SKABURSKIS, a lawyer at the Supreme Court of Victoria and Secretary-General of the International Commission of Jurists Victoria.  Born in Canada, Isabelle has worked at the ICJ Asia-Pacific office in Bangkok, and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia.  She has represented the International Commission of Jurists at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, and was recently a visiting scholar at the Al Haq Centre for Applied International Law in Palestine.

Speech, Isabelle Skaburskis, Federal Republic of West Papua office in Docklands, 22 April 2017 (PDF). ICJV – West Papua talk – 22-04-17

‘State Responsibility in International Law’ is published by the Federal Republic of West Papua office in Docklands, and represents a comprehensive effort by a number of skilled workers in the Women’s Office. It was edited by Judith Kohn, a law graduate from Monash University, and a singer with an unmistakable soul-filled voice and song-writer of unmistakably unique songs. Jude is also a volunteer in the West Papua Women’s Office in Docklands, and sang ‘History’ during the launch of Annette’s book.

Radio Interview with Judith Kohn (Editor, ‘State Responsibility in International Law’)

Annette Culley

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