11 Oct '11, 11am

An article in the Ecologist magazine about Lush's nationwide campaign for Free West Papua

An article in the Ecologist magazine about Lush's nationwide campaign for Free West Papua

Everyone has heard of Papua New Guinea but few know much about its western neighbour – West Papua. Comprising the western half of the Papua New Guinea island; the province has been ruled from Indonesia since 1963, when the UN, with the proviso that the native Papuans be given the chance to decide their own fate, transferred power to that country. In 1969, the ‘Act of Free Choice’ gave 1,064 Indonesian appointed Papuan officials the chance to decide whether or not to become independent or remain part of Indonesia. Unsurprisingly, they chose the latter. Since 1969, Indonesian relations with West Papua have been characterised by violence and widespread oppression. The University of Sydney estimates that more than 100,000 people have died in crackdowns during the last half century – no small number in a country with a population comparable to that of Wales. Free West Papua is ...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/health_and...

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