West Papua Information Kit

To promote Freedom, Democracy, and Human Rights
by giving you information with which to end the colonial rape of a beloved nation.


West Papua is suffering an occupation and oppression by Indonesia. The oppression by the Indonesian government is in violation of international law, Charter of the United Nations article 76.

The United Nations is blind & deaf to the suffering of West Papua because the UN Secretary General has not yet told the UN Trusteeship Council about the UN decision (General Assembly resolution 1752) to occupy and impose UN appointed administrators to subjugate the territory. The oppression and human rights violations are well documented by NGOs, the US Government, and others.

Historical briefing

New Guinea, or Papua is the world's second largest island, just east of Asia on the Australian tectonic plate. People arrived forty to sixty thousand years ago developing sophisticated farming, trade, and social systems. For millennia West Papua had repelled Asian and other incursion but in around the 1860s permitted Dutch missionaries and trader posts to become established, and by 1895 the European powers accepted and endorsed a Dutch claim of colonial sovereignty of West Papua. By the 1930s there missionary colleges from where graduates in the Dutch sciences and philosophy began debating whether the Papuan people should unite and to defend their cultures from foreign powers which were more abusive than the Dutch.

An invasion in 1942 by Japan with benefit of automatic guns and other weapons was successful, a brutal occupation which was repelled in 1944 with assistance of Pacific war forces from the United States who with West Papua's help quickly established over twenty US bases in preparation for a possible protracted war with Japan. But with the success of US Atomic bombings of Japan the Pacific War was concluded and the US forces left West Papua as Dutch officials returned; but at the newly formed United Nations in 1946 the Netherlands denounced the earlier concept of colonial sovereignty in derference to the UN concept of an obligation towards non-self-governing territories.

In December 1950 the UN General Assembly endorsed a Dutch declaration (General Assembly resolution 448) that West Papua is an non-self-governing territory for which the Netherlands was required to transmit data in accord with international law, UN Charter article 73.

West Papua held national elections in January 1961 to form a New Guinea Council which acted as a Upper House in the Dutch adminstration of their territory, and was also tasked with drafting legislation for Papuan control of their resources.

Between 1936 and 1962 there were several American schemes which finally provided the Freeport corporation with its first cheap 30 year mining license in 1967 for West Papua's gold and other wealth. The circumstance suggest John Rockefeller and Robert Lovett were the people responsible for US government and United Nations Secretary General U Thant's corrupt actions which in September 1962 began the denial of human rights in West Papua which is still killing people to this day. Over the years these schemes created a complex web, these and US Dept. of State records will shortly be outlined on this separate web page.

The Dutch confidentially told America that West Papua was considered to be safe from Indonesia's military unless Indonesia became capable of landing 1500 or more men on the island. The Dutch then prepared a motion for the 1961 United Nations General Assembly which could have cause the United Nations to become responsible for protecting West Papua under chapter 12 of the UN Charter, but the UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold was killed in an airplane incident on 18 Sept, and the Dutch proposal at the General Assembly failed on 26 Sept 1961. The New Guinea Council then responded to events by writing this manifesto for a free and independent West Papua.

Between December 1961 and January 1962 Indonesia landed and flew 1500 men to West New Guinea. The Indonesian troops were without logistical support and they were quickly arrested by Papuans who gave their prisoners to the Dutch for deportation back to Indonesia, but the opperation caused fear within the Dutch government. And the United States then said it would support a Dutch motion at the United Nations for trusteeship if the written agreement was a joint text by the Netherlands and Indonesia.

Under American influence the new Dutch agreement included several Indonesian promises that it would be a good and honest administrator of the colony if the United Nations decided to use a discretion of asking Indonesia to provide the administration which the United Nations would be required to provide under article 76 of the Charter if the General Assembly gave its approval of the agreement; an approval which the General Assembly can give if it uses article 85 part 1 of the Charter of the United Nations.

The New York Agreement (1962-now)

The issue of Trusteeship is defined in the Charter of the United Nations, Chapter 12: The International Trusteeship System.

The public and newspapers have never been told under which part of the UN Charter the United Nations occupation of West Papua was being performed. Even the UN members were not given enough time to get legal advice to explain what the United Nations was legally doing on and since 21st September 1962.

Our governments approved the agreement and so West Papua became a trust territory on 21 September 1962, but while West Papua has suffered the disadvantage of trusteeship troops being sent from Pakistan and then Indonesia by the United Nations. West Papua has not been given the benefits required by articles 76, 85, 87, and 88 of the Charter of the United Nations because none of our UN Secretary Generals have told the Trusteeship Council about our trusteeship decision General Assembly resolution 1752.

This was the American plan for UN trusteeship of West Papua designed in 1959, https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1958-60v17/d203

This was the US discovery that Indonesia would support the US scheme on condition that nobody call the trusteeship a trusteeship, https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1961-63v23/d150

This was some blackmail Indonesia was using to force the United States of America into helping Indonesia's colonial quest, http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1961-63v23/d153

This was an update on the New York Agreement scheme, http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1961-63v23/d160

This was the Indonesia request to "use the hand" of the United Nations, http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1961-63v23/d172

In 1962 the United Nations General Assembly including Indonesia in resolution 1752 (XVII) endorsed a US drafted agreement for the United Nations to administrate the colony (non-self-governing territory) of West New Guinea which in 1961 had declared the wish of its people to become the independent nation of West Papua to "live in peace and to contribute to the maintenance of world peace".

But under chapter 11 of the UN charter, members have a sacred trust for the welfare of colonies, and under chapter 12 colonies entrusted to the United Nations trusteeship system remain trust territories until article 78 of the charter is fulfilled. Under articles 87 and 88 of the UN charter the United Nations may listen to petitions and must ask questions about the administration of the trust territories.

The last known United Nations statement about West Papua said "The United Nations Temporary Authority in West Irian (UNTEA) was formed to administer West Irian, which is located on the island of New Guinea. In 1963 Dutch New Guinea became Irian Barat, which in 1973 changed its name to Irian Jaya and is currently administered by Indonesia."

Since West Papua became a UN Trust territory in 1962, that status has NOT been changed under article 78, nor has the UN General Assembly yet granted itself authority to exclude West Papua from the normal requirements of the UN charter.

Please call on the United Nations to respect the rule of law,
free the UN colony.

The United Nations decision to invade and suspend human right of self-determination of West Papua was made on 21st September 1962 This is the United Nations record of the meeting on 21st September 1962 when our nations decided to occupy West Papua with foreign troops, A_PV.1127-EN.pdf

Please note: At this exordinary meeting the President demanded that the General Assembly vote BEFORE any debate on the issue; the issue is introduced at paragraph 170, then a statement by Indonesia and by the Netherlands, and the vote is at paragraph 197.
Benin (Dahomey) rises objection on the day at paragraph 241 to 246.
Togo rises objection on the day at paragraph 263-266.

In the following days and weeks other UN members also voiced their objections and or concerns about the 'New York Agreement':
Senegal at Pleanary meeting 1130, paragraph 34-36
Cameroon at Pleanary meeting 1140, paragraph 151, speech started at 113
China (Taiwan) at Pleanary meeting 1142, paragraph 33
Togo again at Pleanary meeting 1144, paragraph 12
Madagascar at Pleanary meeting 1150, paragraph 74
Central African Republic at Pleanary meeting 1151, paragraph 154-156, speech started at 122
Cono Brazzaville at Pleanary meeting 1152, paragraph 137-139, speech started at 123, and
Upper Volta at Pleanary meeting 1153, paragraph 70-73, speech started at 28.

The problem which has been allowing nations to loot, torture, & murder people in West Papua is that the UN Secretary General instead of the Trusteeship Council took on the job of repoting the progress of West New Guinea towards "self-government or independence" as chosen by the "freely expressed wishes of the peoples concerned" (UN Charter article 76).


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West Papua in English refers to the western half of Papua, but in an apparant attempt to both divide the Papuan people and to confuse the outside world with the names, Indonesia in 2007 imposed political divisions it calls the Province of West Papua (Papua Barat), and the Province of Papua.

WPIK recommends these websites,
Anti-Slavery Slavery Today West Papua News
and Information
West Papua
Media Alerts
Free West Papua West Papua Action Network ETAN International Parliamentarians for West Papua

WPIK commends the production of these YouTube videos,
West Papua - Telek Torture - Tunaliwor Kiwo Papua, Indonesia's silent war Journalist Killed in West Papua
Shooting at peace rally Police action elsewhere US support of Indonesia and funding of KOPASSUS AlJazeera on death in Papua
American teachers killed and Indonesian cover-up documentary
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US aid to Indonesian military Papuan concern about US funding International Lawyers for West Papua Demand release of political prisoners
Rally, may 2011 Rally, june 2010 Fighting for West Papua