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The Betrayal of West Papua and the Ongoing Cultural Genocide

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The following dissertation was written by Sussex University student Ben King, as part of his Cultural and Intellectual History degree. It is based upon over 400 declassified documents as well as the limited historiography surrounding the subject.

nb. The link at the bottom of this article will take you to a list of references, which are themselves linked to original documents where possible.


The scale of the Holocaust showed the world just how horrific state sponsored crimes against humanity could become if left unchecked. Following Hitler’s downfall, the victorious allies helped create the United Nations, a multinational governing body whose focus was to ensure that the world would never repeat the mistakes and catastrophes of the previous half-century. They introduced a raft of new international humanitarian laws and ideals such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which laid the framework for future international laws and state conduct…

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