Legal Practice and Legal Education in West Papua
Papuan lawyers face many challenges in their roles as human rights defenders and legal advocates. Their responsibilities include providing advice on a range of civil and criminal matters, promoting indigenous community rights over resources, land, forests and sea, educating civil society and individuals about their rights and how to enforce them. They face the danger of being stigmatised as 'separatists' for their professional work and operate in difficult circumstances within a legal system that is often used to punish those peacefully exercising their rights.
Yan Christian Warinussy, a lawyer and founder member of the Institute for the Analysis, Investigation and Development of Human Rights (LP3BH) in Manokwari, West Papua will speak about his experiences as a legal practitioner and his role in grassroots legal education.