An Act of Free Choice: Decolonisation and the Right to Self-Determination in West Papua (Paperback)Pieter Drooglever (author)
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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 - Droogleever highlights the continuing impact of this injustice on Indonesia's most underdeveloped and poverty-stricken province.
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Number of pages: 928
Weight: 1520 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 51 mm
"Nowhere else can one find a fuller or more creditable account."* International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter *
"it is a book for politicians, historians, legal experts and, above all, for those who want to know about the weight of the weak in the events of the modern world. "* Inside Indonesia *
"There is always merit in setting the record straight, no matter how much time has passed. For the Indonesian province of Papua, it has been a long and bloody 36-year wait. The Papuans have refused to accept the 'Act of Free Choice' by which they supposedly voted to join Indonesia in 1969. [This book], commissioned by the Dutch government, the former colonial ruler in Indonesia, unequivocally vindicates their stance."* The Sydney Morning Herald *
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