When it boils down the fact remains that Indonesia colonised West Papua at a time when Australia maintained its colonial sway over Papua and New Guinea (although New Guinea was a mandated UN trust territory).
The decolonisation of West Papua is overdue. The repressive tactics employed by Jakarta over decades is documented and the case for another free and fair act of self-determination by the melanesians of West papua is overwhelming. It is time for this wrong to be righted and for the democratic rights of Papuans to be acknowledged and supported by the international community.
Following are papers setting out the case for decolonisation and the background history and issues:
Powes Parkop, (Master of Law), "REINSCRIPTION OF WEST PAPUA AS A COLONISED STATE AND PEOPLE"
Sam Blay, professor of law at the University of Technology Sydney, "Why West Papua deserves another chance"
Richard Chauvel,Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia, "Where nationalisms collide"
PCRC Briefing Paper on West Papua