40 years of Act of Free Choice and the integration of West Papua into Indonesia

December 30, 2009

In 1969, in an ‘Act of Free Choice’ the UN gave West Papuans the choice between the same two options put before the Timorese in 1999: integration with Indonesia or full independence.

Few people are aware that West Papua was the first ever UN administered territory and the first territory granted a UN sponsored vote. But for the Papuans, the process and outcome could not have been more different. The vote, conducted by Indonesia with UN supervision. For many West Papuans, the UN-sponsored vote legitimised the integration into Indonesia in 1962. Read the rest of this entry »


The killing of Kelly Kwalik and Papua conflict

December 26, 2009

Neles Tebay , Abepura | Thu, 12/24/2009 9:08 AM | Jakarta Post

Kelly Kwalik was recognized as a prominent Papuan leader of the armed wing of the Free Papua Movement (OPM). He resisted Indonesia’s rule over Papua until the last day of his life, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009.

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Free West Papua separatism is a problem, not a solution

December 19, 2009

This early December 2009, less then 5 papuans and several British citizens gathered in Westminster to demonstrate a small disturbance to the peaceful development of Papua and West Papua provinces. Read the rest of this entry »