“The people of West Papua
have been denied their basic
human rights. Including their
right to self-determination."
- Desmond Tutu -
International Lawyers for West Papua (ILWP) is een wereldwijde organisatie van advocaten, wetenschappers en juristen, die zich inzet om een halt toe te roepen aan de schending van mensenrechten – in het bijzonder zich richt op het recht op zelfbeschikking – van de Papoea’s in West Papua.
ILWP is inmiddels onder andere actief in Guyana, Australië en het Verenigd Koninkrijk. ILWP werd 19 november2014 in Nederland geïntroduceerd.
Courage is Contagious
Al meer dan een halve eeuw worden de fundamentele mensenrechten van Papoea’s in deze Nederlandse ex-kolonie geschonden. Niet voor niets vergeleek aartsbisschop Desmond Tutu in 2004 de situatie in West Papua met het apartheidsregime in Zuid Afrika. Hij sprak zich daarbij onomwonden uit voor het recht op zelfbeschikking van de Papoea’s.
Jennifer Robinson (een van de ILWP grondleggers) spreekt op TEDx over haar relatie met West Papua.
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Jennifer Robinson is an Australian human-rights lawyer. She is the Legal Director for the Bertha Foundation in London and an Adjunct Lecturer in Law at the University…
Jennifer Robinson is an Australian human-rights lawyer. She is the Legal Director for the Bertha Foundation in London and an Adjunct Lecturer in Law at the University of Sydney Law School.
Since 2010, Robinson has been a member of a legal team representing Julian Assange and WikiLeaks in London.
Throughout her career, Robinson has worked on projects involving the accountability of multinational corporations for human rights abuses, with a particular interest in the Freeport mine in West Papua. She has also led a project for the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights.
In 2011, she became the Legal Director for the Bertha Foundation in London, with the task of creating and developing a global human rights and public interest law program.
Melinda Janki is an international lawyer and co-founder, with Benny Wenda, of the International Lawyers for West Papua. Her published…
Melinda Janki is an international lawyer and co-founder, with Benny Wenda, of the International Lawyers for West Papua. Her published study 'West Papua and the Right to Self-determination under International Law' is the foundational legal text for Papuan self-determination. It has been translated into Bahasa and distributed within Indonesia by the Papuan peoples.
Melinda has provided advice to international financial institutions including the World Bank, UNDP, FAO, USAID, and the IADB as well as international companies, government ministers and indigenous peoples. She has published articles on access to justice, self-determination, Amerindian land rights, protected areas, REDD+, property rights, and water law.
Geoffrey Robertson QC is a human rights barrister, academic, author and broadcaster. Robertson is the founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers. He serves as a Master of the Bench at…
Geoffrey Robertson QC is a human rights barrister, academic, author and broadcaster.
Robertson is the founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers. He serves as a Master of the Bench at the Middle Temple, a recorder, and visiting professor at Queen Mary, University of London.
He has been counsel in many landmark cases in constitutional, criminal and media law in the courts of Britain and the commonwealth and he makes frequent appearances in the Privy Council and the European Court of Human Rights. His recent cases include: appearing for the Wall Street Journal in Jameel v WSJ, the landmark House of Lords decision which extended a public interest defence for the media in libel actions; representing Tasmanian aborigines in the novel action which stopped the Natural History Museum from experimenting on the remains of their ancestors; defending the Chief Justice of Trinidad at impeachment proceedings; arguing the Court of Appeal case (R v F) which first defined “terrorism” for the purpose of British law; arguing for the right of the public to see royal wills and representing a trust for the education of poor children in litigation in Anguilla over a billion dollar bequest.
He has maintained a wide advisory practice and has served part-time as a UN appeal judge at its war crimes court in Sierra Leone. In 2008 the UN Secretary General appointed him as one of the three distinguished jurist members of the UN’s Internal Justice Council.
Mark Stephens CBE is a British solicitor specialising in media law, intellectual property rights, and human rights with the firm…
Mark Stephens CBE is a British solicitor specialising in media law, intellectual property rights, and human rights with the firm Finers Stephens Innocent.
He is also Chairman of the Contemporary Art Society, Design and Artists Copyright Society, the advisory board of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford University, and the Board of Governors at University of East London. He is President of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and an independent director of the Independent Schools Inspectorate and a patron of International Alert.
Louis Yandeken is a Human Rights Lawyer from Papua New Guinea. He has been an advocate of the West Papuan…
Louis Yandeken is a Human Rights Lawyer from Papua New Guinea. He has been an advocate of the West Papuan self-determination movement for many years and was a guest speaker at the Road To Freedom Conference, held in Oxford in 2011.
Jonathan Morrow specializes in international law, natural resource development, sovereign representations, and advice to multinational organizations. He served from 2001…
Jonathan Morrow specializes in international law, natural resource development, sovereign representations, and advice to multinational organizations. He served from 2001 to 2004 as a principal legal advisor to the Prime Minister of East Timor on maritime boundary and unitization treaty negotiations with Australia; as deputy negotiator on Timor Sea Treaty and maritime boundary negotiations; and as one of the principal constitutional advisers to the UN Transitional Administrator in East Timor.
Other sovereign representations include advising the government of Zambia, the government of Afghanistan, and the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq. In or relating to Iraq, Mr. Morrow has advised the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Kurdistan Regional Government since 2006, served as Senior Legal Adviser to the United States Institute of Peace in respect of the drafting of the Iraqi Constitution; served as Senior Consultant to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq in respect of the Iraqi Constitution; and provided testimony to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Mr. Morrow is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, and served as a judge’s clerk for a senior Australian judge.
Anne Kajir is an attorney from Papua New Guinea. She has uncovered evidence of widespread corruption in the Papua New Guinea government,…
Anne Kajir is an attorney from Papua New Guinea. She has uncovered evidence of widespread corruption in the Papua New Guinea government, that allowed illegal logging in tropical forests. Kajir was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2006.
In 1997, her first year of practice, Kajir successfully defended a precedent-setting appeal in the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea, which forced the logging industry to pay damages to indigenous land owners. Today, Kajir is the chief executive officer of the Environmental Law Centre in Port Moresby and is the lead attorney in a Supreme Court case aimed at stopping foreign timber companies’ large-scale, illegal deforestation practices, often accompanied by threats of harm to local landholders who dare to challenge them.
amela Ali is an Attorney at Law and Legal Practitioner in the Courts of Guyana for 23 years. She specialises in several areas of Guyana law in…
amela Ali is an Attorney at Law and Legal Practitioner in the Courts of Guyana for 23 years.
She specialises in several areas of Guyana law in the civil and commercial jurisdiction. She commenced her legal career as a State Counsel at the Attorney General’s Chambers in Guyana and is presently in private practice providing legal services at the Guyana Law Firm of Rex McKay & Associates.
Ms Jamela A Ali is a trained Mediator and a Mediation Trainer and provides Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services. She is President of the Mediation Institute of Guyana Inc. (MIG)
She has authored articles on Adoption, Constitutional law, Legislative Drafting, Duty to Give Reasons, Law Revision & Legal Practitioners Committee, which have been published in the New Guyana Bar Review, Caribbean Law Review, Guyana Chronicle & Stabroek News newspapers. She has also delivered speeches on Constitutional Law Reform, Human Rights, Legislative Drafting, Mediation and laws relating to Children & Women.
Charles Foster is an English writer and barrister. He is known for his books and articles on theology and law. He…
Charles Foster is an English writer and barrister. He is known for his books and articles on theology and law. He is a Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, holds a doctorate in medical law from the University of Cambridge, and teaches medical law and ethics at the University of Oxford.
Charles was awarded the ’2011 Chambers Bar Award’ for Junior of the Year in professional discipline.
He is a specialist medical law practitioner. Areas covered include consent to treatment, withdrawal of treatment, disciplinary and regulatory work (GMC, GDC and others), healthcare resource allocation, clinical confidentiality and clinical negligence.