West Papuan Self-Determination: New Indigenous Rights or Old-Fashioned Genocide?

Protest by West Papua students in Jakarta on last year - merdeka.com

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By Catherine J. Iorns Magallanes

FOR the Sake of Present and Future Generations: Essays on International Law, Crime and Justice in Honour of Roger Clark, edited by Suzannah Linton, Gerry Simpson & William Schabas, pp237-259 (Leiden, Brill, 2015)

This paper addresses the adverse effects of Indonesia’s takeover of West Papua. The author examines the human rights and environmental abuses occurring in West Papua, along with the lack of international effort to aid the people of this nation. The author accepts the increasing international awareness of this issue, along with the political, legal and practical difficulties in advancing the West Papuan, but writes to remind us of the plight of the Papuans. This paper suggests that the claims of severe human rights violations in West Papua are extremely important for the international community to address.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 37

Keywords: Indigenous rights, human rights, West Papua


JEL Classification: K00, K30, K39

Published by Victoria University of Wellington – Faculty of Law

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