Human security in West Papua, Indonesia : A perspective on human rights, security and intervention

Charles Paradzai Mutengwa & Obaidullah Abdulhaq

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


The following research investigates and examines the intervention efforts into the conflict between the government of Indonesia and its West Papua region. The Indonesian government has been accused for violation of human rights and threatening the security of West Papua and its inhabitants, which necessitated intervention by the United Nations. In order to shed light on this conflict the research gives a historical survey of the former Dutch colonies transition to independence and then proceeds to analyse the conflict based on two main questions .The first deals with the nature and extent of Indonesia’s policies and how these policies and actions led to atrocities violating and threatening human security.The second section examines the intervention, policies, actions adopted by the UN and some member states in order to avert escalation, and how these efforts were limited. Mainly by Indonesia invoking article 2.4 of the UN charter which refers to non-interference. The research foregrounds the human security approach to categorise and explain the kinds violations committed. The study also draws on realist and new institutional tenets to explore and analyse the efforts, challenges and outcomes of the interaction between the UN and governments. The study illustrates how, since the incorporation of West Papua, Indonesia has followed policies aimed at building a unified state while Papuans have insisted on autonomy and sovereignty over the territory. Despite consistent efforts and engagement the extent of UN intervention has been largely constrained by the Indonesian regimes.

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato24 maj 2016
Antal sider45
VejledereGorm Rye Olsen