Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Lawyers launch court action challenging Indonesia's annexation of West Papua


ABC

Lawyers launch court action challenging Indonesia's annexation of West Papua

In a landmark case, lawyers in Indonesia have launched court action to challenge the country's fifty-year incorporation of West Papua into its territory.
Lawyers representing about 20 Papuans are seeking a judicial review at the country's highest court, arguing the UN supervised referendum in 1969 — known as the 'Act of Free Choice' — that effectively handed Papua to Indonesia was illegal because only 1,000 people could vote out of a population of 800,000.
The referendum has instead led to five decades of brutal control and hundreds of thousands of deaths.
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Phil Erari, Papuan
Agus Sumule, spokesman for lawyers representing Papuan claimants
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