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Imprint: Oneworld Academic

Subject: History

An Act of Free Choice

Decolonisation and the Right to Self-Determination in West Papua

Pieter Drooglever

This important study introduces the history and people of West Papua, tracing the origins of the international conflict surrounding their struggle for self-determination following the Second World War. Based on three decades of exhaustive research and focusing particular attention on the sham referendum of 1969 – which Indonesia dubbed ‘The Act of Free Choice’, an election rigged to legitimize Indonesian control over West Papua – Droogleever highlights the continuing impact of this injustice on Indonesia’s most underdeveloped and poverty-stricken province.

  • Publication date: December 25, 2009
  • ISBN: 9781851687152
  • RRP: £125.00
  • Pages: 928


"Nowhere else can one find a fuller or more creditable account."

International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter

"it is a book for politicians, historians, legal experts and, above all, for those who want to know about the weight of the weak in the events of the modern world. "

Inside Indonesia

“There is always merit in setting the record straight, no matter how much time has passed. For the Indonesian province of Papua, it has been a long and bloody 36-year wait. The Papuans have refused to accept the ‘Act of Free Choice’ by which they supposedly voted to join Indonesia in 1969. [This book], commissioned by the Dutch government, the former colonial ruler in Indonesia, unequivocally vindicates their stance.”

The Sydney Morning Herald

Pieter Drooglever

Pieter Drooglever was the lead researcher on a government-sponsored, 27-year study of the decolonisation of Indonesia at the Institute of Netherlands History at The Hague. He also served as chairman of the historical committee for Indonesian Studies, and was a lecturer in Indonesian History at the University of Nymegen, where he held the L.J. Rogier chair.

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