Act of Free Choice


In 1969 West Papua, a former Dutch colony, was classified as an Indonesian province following an act of self-determination, the Act of free Choice, carried out under Indonesian administration. That act of self-determination was a violation of the right of self-determination held by the West Papuan people under international law. The Act of free Choice does not justify Indonesian claims of sovereignty over West Papua. Indonesia’s presence in West Papua is illegal and it is this illegality is the basis for continuing conflict in West Papua. There should be a proper act of self-determination in accordance with international law, to settle finally the international status of West Papua. – Melinda Janki


The following documents provide a thorough analysis of the 1969 so called ‘Act of Free Choice’