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A Historic Choice: West Papua, Human Rights, and Pacific Diplomacy at the Pacific Islands Forum and Melanesian Spearhead Group

23 September, 2016

A new report by Dr. Jason Macleod, Rosa Moiwend and Jasmine Pilbrow analyses political developments and human rights violations in West Papua by the Indonesian state in response to the West Papuan people's aspirations for self-determination. It covers the period between January 2014, when a delegation of Melanesian Spearhead Group Foreign Ministers' visited the territory, and 15 July 2016, the day after Melanesian Spearhead Group Special Leaders meet in Honiara and decided to defer a decision on the United Liberation Movement for West Papua's application for full membership.