An Act of Free Choice – Decolonisation and the Right to Self-Determination in West Papua
(Pieter Drooglever, 2009)
This important study introduces the history and people of West Papua, tracing the origins of the international conflict surrounding their struggle for self-determination following the Second World War. Based on three decades of exhaustive research and focusing particular attention on the sham referendum of 1969 – which Indonesia dubbed “The Act of Free Choice’, an election rigged to legitimize Indonesian control over West Papua – Drooglever highlights the continuing impact of this injustice.
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The United Nations and the Indonesian Takeover of West Papua

(John Saltford, 2002)
Definitive text on the ‘Act of Free Choice’ and the takeover of West Papua.
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Merdeka & the Morning Star: Civil Resistance in West Papua
(Jason Macleod, 2015)
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West Papua and Indonesia since Suharto

(Peter King, 2004)
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West Papua: The Obliteration of a People
(Carmel Budiardjo and Liem Soei Liong, Tapol, 1988)
Well researched book detailing the genocide of the Papuan people.
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See No Evil: New Zealand’s betrayal of the people of West Papua

(Maire Leadbeater, 2018)
See No Evil is a shocking account by one of New Zealand’s most respected authors on peace and Pacific issues, issuing a powerful call for a just and permanent solution – self-determination – for the people of West Papua.
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Papua Blood

(Peter Bang, 2018)
“Papua blood” is a documentary eyewitness account taking the reader through the western part of the island of New Guinea. Over an interval spanning three decades the author and photographer Peter Bang descibes his experiences among the indigenous people of West Papua who are threadened by a continuing history of genocide and extinction
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Poisoned Arrows

(George Monbiot, 1989/2003)
An investigative journey through the forbidden lands of West Papua. At great personal risk and with forged travel documents, George Monbiot bluffed, cheated and forced his way into West Papua. Originally published in the 80s, it was republished in 2003 with a new introduction by the author.
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The Open Cage : Ordeal of the Irian Jaya Hostages

(Daniel Start, 1997)
The author’s account of being taken hostage by the OPM in 1995.
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Freedom In Entangled Worlds

(Eben Kirksey, 2012)
Eben Kirksey first went to West Papua in 1998 as an exchange student. His later study of West Papua’s resistance to the Indonesian occupiers and the forces of globalization morphed as he discovered that collaboration, rather than resistance, was the primary strategy of this dynamic social movement. Accompanying indigenous activists to Washington, London, and the offices of the oil giant BP, Kirksey saw the revolutionaries’ knack for getting inside institutions of power and building coalitions with unlikely allies, including many Indonesians.
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