Conference of International Lawyers for West Papua in Den Haag

Conference of International Lawyers for West Papua in Den Haag

Conference of International Lawyers for West Papua in Den Haag Australia, Indonesia, Netherlands, News, Pacific, West Papua
April 6, 2012

Source: Tanahku West Papua

Op 5 april vond in Nieuwspoort in Den Haag de eerste Nederlandse ILWP conferentie plaats. Het thema van de conferentie was “De Nieuw Guinea Raad als eerste stap naar de onafhankelijkheid van West-Papua”

Voorzitter en discussieleider was Frank Hubatka.

Het programma bestond uit een kort drama opgevoerd door de familie Ap dat in een kort tijdsbestek een overzicht gaf van de historie met de belofte van zelfbeschikking voor West Papua en de gedwongen overdracht aan Indonesië.

Na dit korte drama waren er de volgende sprekers:

  • Benny Wenda: West Papua Independence Leader
  • Jennifer Robinson: International Lawyers for West Papua
  • Cees van der Staaij: MP Reformed Political Party (SGP)
  • Joël Voordewind: MP Christian Union (CU)
  • Harry van Bommel: MP Socialist Party (SP)
  • Wim Kortenoeven: MP Party for Freedom (PW)

Helaas moesten de Nederlandse parlementariers na hun speeches en het beantwoorden van enkele vragen al weer snel vertrekken door hun volle agenda. (In de tweede kamer was de Surinaamse amnesty-wet aan de orde)

BACKGROUND

On 5 April 1961 the New Guinea Council (Nieuw-Guinea Raad) was set up. It was an important moment during a period (1959-1962) in which a more democratic mode of administration started to develop within the Dutch colony.

Shaping and developing democratic structures in former Dutch New Guinea was actualised between 1959-1962, the administration period of governor Dr P.J. Platteel (the third and last governor of Dutch New Guinea). The establishment of regional councils came from the requirement that the Charter of the United Nations imposed on the Netherlands: that the interests of the inhabitants of Dutch New Guinea had to be paramount. The Netherlands was to respect the right to self-rule and had to take the political aspirations of the indigenous people into account. They were also meant to support the Papuan people with the gradual development of their own political institutions.

There are documents. We are not speaking of vague promises, but we are speaking of real firm commitments for the independence of the West Papuan people.

Unfortunately by signing the New York Agreement (1962) the Dutch governments abandoned the West Papuan people.

Today, after 51 years, the West Papuan people reclaim their right by re-installing a New Guinea Council in West Papua.

AK Rockefeller

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