Indonesian Human Rights Abuses in West Papua:
Application of the Law of Genocide to the History of Indonesian Control
A paper prepared for the Indonesia Human Rights Network
By the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic
Yale Law School

Elizabeth Brundige
Winter King
Priyneha Vahali
Stephen Vladeck
Xiang Yuan

April 2004

Klik hier voor het (Engelstalige) rapport in pdf.

This paper was written by Elizabeth Brundige, Winter King, Priyneha Vahali,
Stephen Vladeck, and Xiang Yuan of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human
Rights Clinic at Yale Law School. The team was supervised and the paper edited by
Professor James Silk, director of the Lowenstein Clinic. Barbara Mianzo, assistant at the
Schell Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School, produced the paper.
Abigail Abrash Walton provided thoughtful comments on multiple drafts and
continued guidance throughout the production of this paper. We thank Octovianus Mote
and John Rumbiak for their insights into contemporary events in West Papua and their
assistance in obtaining hard-to-find sources. We are also grateful to Dr. Leslie Butt for
sharing her research on the public health crisis in Papua.
Finally, we acknowledge with gratitude the valuable contributions of the
participants in a day-long roundtable discussion organized by the Lowenstein Clinic at
the Yale Law School on March 30, 2002. Joining the student authors and James Silk and
Deena Hurwitz of the Lowenstein Clinic were: Abigail Abrash Walton, Carmel
Budiardjo, Frank Chalk, Sukwan Hambali, Ben Kiernan, Edmund McWilliams,
Octovianus Mote, Daniel Rothenberg, John Rumbiak, Joseph Saunders, and David
Webster. Their knowledge of West Papua, Indonesia, international law, and the study of
genocide generated a vibrant discussion that informed and gave shape to the questions
this paper addresses.