DP 2021/01 Fifty Years after the ‘Act of Free Choice’: The West Papua Issue in a Regional Context

Cover of Discussion Paper 2021/01 Fifty Years after the ‘Act of Free Choice’: The West Papua Issue in a Regional Context

Author/s (editor/s):

R.J. May

Publication year:

2021

Publication type:

Discussion paper

Since the early 1970s the author has followed the development of the West Papua issue, first as field director of ANU’s New Guinea Research Unit and director of the National Research Institute of Papua New Guinea, and later as senior fellow in the Department of Political and Social Change and emeritus fellow with the Department of Pacific Affairs at ANU. He has met with West Papuan emigres in the Netherlands, Sweden, Vanuatu and Australia and visited West Papuans in refugee camps in Papua New Guinea. He has published extensively on West Papua.

This paper is a slightly expanded version of an article for Revue Outre-Terre in 2020.

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