VIDEO: West Papua's struggle for self-determination. Scott Burchill and Herman Wanggai

West Papua's struggle for self-determination. Scott Burchill and Herman Wanggai
Australian Institute of International Affairs, September 2010


At this Australian Institute of International Affairs event - which Indonesian Government officials tried to stop - political commentator and academic Dr Scott Burchill and West Papuan organiser Herman Wanggai talk about West Papua's fight for self-determination.


The Indonesian province of West Papua has witnessed a struggle between Indonesian security forces and West Papuan resistance fighters since the 1960s. Tensions remain high today because of the cultural distinctiveness of the Melanesian Papuans, repression by the Indonesian military which observers have likened to the force once used against the East Timorese, and the richness of the province's resources base. Burchill argues that Australia's lack of concern is an ongoing effect of the Jakarta lobby's discredited argument about the fragility of Indonesian territorial integrity, which continues to trump human rights concerns.
 

Melbourne, August 2010