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West Papua: Unwavering United Nations support for Indonesia

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Unwavering UN support for Indonesia

The lady luck always dances with Indonesia since its independence because of unwavering UN for Indonesia. If we read or listen to Free Papua Movement or Free West Papua propaganda, we may think that the world start to betray Indonesia, but the reality is still the same. Countries in the world continue to support Indonesia against separatism in Papua and West Papua provinces.

In the name of all country members of the United Nations, Indonesia’s sovereignty over Papua and West Papua is acknowledged and respected.

In 2017, the UN Decolonisation committee firmly rejected a fake West Papua petition crafted by Free West Papua, please check the United Nations decolonisation committee position on a fake petition calling for an independence vote.

During several General Assemblies, Vanuatu has repeatedly pressed the United Nations General Assembly over human rights abuses in West Papua. However, since Indonesia has improved dramatically its human rights record, no country pays attention to Vanuatu.

All of that shows unwavering UN support for Indonesia.

Notes on West Papua History

A former Dutch colony, West Papua was formally incorporated into Indonesia in 1969, after an undisputed vote of about 1,025 representative tribal leaders. The result of the plebiscite was overseen and endorsed by the United Nations.

Since the democratization in 1998, especially since 2007, democracy by mean of elections has been introduced to increase political participation in the two provinces. The fact that the leaders of Papua and West Papua provinces are democratically elected by the people has strengthened the legality of the region as a province of Indonesia.

During the Abdurrahman Wahid administration in 2000, aside from changing the province name from “Irian Jaya” to “Papua”, Papua gained a “Special Autonomy” status, a political compromise between Papuans and the central government.

The political will of politicians in Jakarta to proceed with the implementation of the Special Autonomy was formalized in 2001 with the special autonomy law.

Special autonomy is part of democratic means to address aspiration of Papuan people. In late 2001, Indonesian government introduced a “special autonomy” bill for West Papua. The bill, which was drafted mostly by indigenous Papuans, passed the Indonesian parliament as Law No. 21 in November 2001.


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This Blog has gone through many obstacles and attacks from violent Free West Papua separatist supporters and ultra nationalist Indonesian since 2007. However, it has remained throughout a time devouring thoughts of how to bring peace to Papua and West Papua provinces of Indonesia.

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