Leader of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua Benny Wenda called for ordinary Indonesians to be "the voice of the voiceless" as he urged vigilance in the continued struggle f
Independence & Self-Determination
June 19, 2020
May 12, 2020
Sally Sara, Anne Worthington and Victor Mambor – In the highlands of Papua, in easternmost Indonesia, villagers are returning to the burnt-out remains of their abandoned homes.
May 1, 2020
West Papuans continue to fight for independence with the support of many Pacific nations.
April 29, 2020
Nicolas Marvey & Babon Hitam – On December 16, 2009, the Indonesian armed forces murdered the independence leader Kelly Kwalik, accused of sabotage, treason, kidnapping and assassi
March 18, 2020
As I stated last week, the people of West Papua face a new double crisis: a humanitarian crisis caused by Indonesian military operations, and a medical crisis caused by coronavirus.
December 17, 2019
Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Mahfud MD says that Indonesia is entitled to take any and all measures to hold on to Papua.
December 1, 2019
Rahmat Rahman Patty, Ambon – A protest action by scores of Papuan students calling themselves the Struggle Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in front of the World Peace Gong in
Shinta Maharani, Yogyakarta – Around 100 students from the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) along with various other organisations held a protest action demanding a referendum for West Pa
October 7, 2019
Nic Maclellan – When Vanuatu's prime minister, Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, stood before the UN General Assembly last week, he would have known how Indonesia was likely to react to his w
September 15, 2019
Indonesia has told the United Nations that it has no intention of giving in to the demands of protesters for a referendum to be held in its troubled province of West Papua.
September 11, 2019
September 9, 2019
Dian Septiari, Jakarta – The recent unrest and rioting in Indonesia's easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua have sparked renewed debate on whether Papuans deserve the right to
September 6, 2019
The exiled leader of Papua's independence movement has called for "a free and democratic referendum" backed by the UN, and warned over a possible bloodbath after weeks of deadly unrest
Johnny Blades – Facing international pressure over major unrest in Papua region, Indonesia's government has pointed blame at West Papuan independence groups.
September 4, 2019
Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal, and Security Affairs, Wiranto, asserted that the raising of Bintang Kejora or the morning star flag in Indonesia is f
September 3, 2019
Virginia Langeberg and Maani Truu – The exiled West Papuan independence leader has called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to condemn Indonesia's recent crackdown on pro-independence p
September 2, 2019
Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The leader of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, Benny Wenda, slammed the approaches taken by the country's elites to Papua, including President Joko
August 31, 2019
Jakarta – West Papua National Committee (KNPB) spokesperson Victor Yeimo says that they are calling for a national strike throughout the territory claimed to be West Papua to demand a
August 30, 2019
Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Wiranto says that the government is open to dialogue with all parties to improve the situation in Papua, but it
Pacific Media Watch – Papuan demands for a referendum on self-determination have erupted more strongly amid fears of civilian casualties in the Melanesian provinces of Papua and West P
August 29, 2019
Anthony Stewart and Erwin Renaldi – Kuon Nhen Lay had just joined the resistance movement against Indonesia's invasion of Timor-Leste in December 1975, when his wife went into labour t
August 28, 2019
The Governor of Papua says the Indonesian president is willing to discuss Papuan demands for an independence referendum.
Jakarta – Scores of Papuan students have again flown the Morning Star flag during a protest action demanding a referendum for Papua in front of the State Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday
Donny Fernando, Jakarta – The demands by Papuans for a referendum on self-determination spread to Jakarta on Wednesday, amid reports of civilian fatalities in Papua.
August 27, 2019
Pacific Media Watch – A senior Jakarta Post managing editor has predicted it is possible that West Papua may face a self-determination vote following the Timor-Leste example and this c