The words “Papua merdeka!” capture the aspirations of West Papuans for self determination and independence.
Images during the Mangyan Day 2017 taken by my co-worker and I for our organization CCNCI.
Simply put, the right to self determination is the right of nations or peoples to freely determine their own political status with no foreign interference. Nations and peoples, by virtue of this right, are free to choose how they will be governed and who will govern them. They, and they alone, will determine how to allocate the resources within their defined territories. In exercising the right to self determination, intervention by foreign political powers is not necessary. What is far more important is for the nation or people exercising this right to be firm in wanting to exercise this right.