“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 a worldwide organisation of legal professionals and academics committed to secure and to promote the fundamental rights and freedoms of the people of West Papua, in particular, the Papua’s right to self-determination under international law.

ILWP has been active in Guyana, Australia and the United Kingdom. The Dutch branch was formally launched on November 19, 2014 in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Courage is Contagious

For over a half century, the fundamental rights and freedoms of the Papua in the former Dutch colony have been consistently and flagrantly violated by the Indonesian authorities. The situation in West Papua was compared by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to the apartheid in South Africa, as he raised his voice in support of the Papua’s right to self-determination.

Jennifer Robinson, co-founder of ILWP, talks at TEDx about her relation with West Papua.


Get involved

Could your own legal expertise contribute to finding an effective legal solution to the situation in West Papua? Please join us today in considering possible legal efforts to end the gross human rights violations in West Papua and register via our LinkedIn group as member of ILWP.

ILWP – Linkedin group