Hush-hushing the whole matter: the UNHCR, Australia, and West Papuan refugees

Refugees Australia

Between 1962 and 1973, thousands of refugees crossed from the Indonesian-controlled western half of the island of New Guinea into the Australian-controlled eastern half. Klaus Neumann looks at how and why the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees effectively condoned Australia’s policies, which were influenced by Indonesia’s attitude towards the refugees, and how these events are relevant to current debates.

This article appeared in the Canadian journal Refuge, vol 23, no 1, 2006.

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