April 5, 2018 – The Hague

On 5th April 2018, The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) EU Mission organized a conference on West Papua’s right to self-determination. It was an historic day.

The public hearing held in the Dutch parliament

Prior to the conference, the Dutch Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs officially welcomed the ULMWP to discuss West Papua’s right to self-determination in a public hearing. It was a significant milestone. ULMWP Chairman, Mr. Benny Wenda proposed a follow up on Prof. Drooglever’s research on the conduct of “Act of Free Choice” and invited the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs to visit West Papua. ULMWP’s proposal and invitation was welcomed and will be considered. It was a fruitful meeting.

The ULMWP conference on self-determination.

West Papua’s right to self-determination was discussed during the conference. Ms. Fadjar Schouten-Korwa, Chair ILWP (NL) gave an explanation of West Papua’s legal argument and Mr. Nico Jouwe jr gave an introduction on the history of the establishment of the New Guinea Council. Hon. Mr. Alex Sobel UK MP (Labour) on behalf of the IPWP discussed the role that parliamentarians and politicians can play to free West Papua from modern-day colonialism. ULMWP Chairman Benny Wenda emphasized the importance of unity, the wish of the Papuan people to decide on their own future and appealed to the Papuan community and friends to get involved.

Hon. Alex Sobel speaking at the ULMWP conference on self-determination.

The ULMWP EU Mission would like to thank all the speakers for their contribution and, in particular, Mr Nico Jouwe jr for his role as conference chairman.

Oridek Ap,
Head of EU Mission