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ILWP launch event in London


Wednesday, 12 October 2011, 6.30-8.30pm

Finers Stephens Innocent LLP, 179 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5LS

Following on from ILWP’s successful international conference in Oxford in August, we are pleased to invite you to the launch of ILWP in London. The launch will bring together Papuan independence leaders, lawyers, parliamentarians and NGOs, with a view to engaging the London legal community in ILWP activities. We will discuss the current situation in West Papua and how lawyers here in the UK can get involved in ILWP’s work,  including both asserting the international legal principles relevant to West Papuan self-determination and in human rights cases designed to improve the current situation on the ground in Papua.

Speakers at the event will include:

  • ·         Host: Jennifer Robinson, ILWP and human rights lawyer
  • ·         Benny Wenda, West Papuan independence leader in exile
  • ·         Geoffrey Robertson QC, United Nations Distinguished Jurist, former appeal judge on the UN Sierra Leone Tribunal and human rights barrister
  • ·         Mark Stephens, prominent human rights lawyer
  • ·         John Saltford, historian and expert on the 1969 Act of Free Choice and UN involvement in West Papua
  • ·         Members of parliament supporting International Parliamentarians for West Papua (IPWP) – see www.ipwp.org

We very much hope you will be able to join us on this important occasion. There will be plenty of opportunities to question the speakers over wine and nibbles.

Please also consider becoming a signatory to the International Lawyers for West Papua (ILWP). Below is a copy of the declaration of ILWP, if you agree with it please let us know either by emailing [email protected]

We aim to build a strong network of international lawyers able to support the West Papuan’s struggle for justice and self-determination. If you know any other lawyers who you think would be interested in the launch event or in joining ILWP, get in touch. Please also let us know if you can assist the campaign in any other way, be it research into the legal status of West Papua, advocacy work, lobbying, human rights law, refugee support etc.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you at the launch event next week.