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August 16, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Radio New Zealand - August 16, 2019

Leaders of Pacific Islands Forum countries and territories want Indonesia to allow a team from the UN Human Rights Commissioner's office to visit West Papua soon.

At their annual summit in Tuvalu, Pacific leaders acknowledged the reported escalation in violence and continued alleged human rights abuses in Papua.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Islands Business - August 16, 2019

Nic Maclellan in Funafuti, Tuvalu – Members of the Pacific Islands Forum have urged Indonesia to take action on human rights violations in West Papua, and strongly encouraged Jakarta to facilitate a long-mooted visit by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.

News ›› West Papua ›› New York Agreement & 1969 Referendum
CNN Indonesia - August 16, 2019

Jakarta – The Papuan student dormitory in the Kalasan area of the East Java city of Surabaya was besieged by hundreds of people from various ormas (mass or social organisations) on the afternoon of Friday August 16.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
The Guardian - August 16, 2019

Kate Lyons in Funafuti and Ben Doherty – The United Nations high commissioner for human rights should investigate the deteriorating human rights situation in West Papua within a year, Pacific nations have resolved, as independence protests in the province were quashed by police with widespread arrests and one leader described it as the "festering human rights sore of the region".

News ›› West Papua ›› New York Agreement & 1969 Referendum
Tabloid JUBI - August 16, 2019

David Sobolim, Jayapura – Papuan students from the Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) and the Semarang and Salatiga Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) Committees held a joint protest action in the Central Java city of Salatiga in Thursday August 15.

August 15, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Radio New Zealand - August 15, 2019

An Indonesian lawyer says police have arrested dozens of West Papuan independence activists in Jayapura.

Demonstrators took to the streets in several Papuan cities on Thursday in support of their cause being raised at this week's Pacific Islands Forum leaders summit.

News ›› West Papua ›› New York Agreement & 1969 Referendum
Merdeka - August 15, 2019

Darmadi Sasongko – A protest action on Thursday August 15 by the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) and the Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) in the East Java city of Malang has ended in a riot with protesters and a rival group pelted each other with stones near the Rajabali intersection on Jl Kahuripan.

News ›› West Papua ›› New York Agreement & 1969 Referendum
Jakarta Globe - August 15, 2019

Yudha Baskoro – Papuan activists marched in Central Jakarta on Thursday to mark the 56th commemoration of the United Nations-brokered New York Agreement, which saw control over the western portion of the island of New Guinea transferred from the Netherlands to Indonesia.

August 14, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Radio New Zealand - August 14, 2019

Indonesia has complained to the Pacific Islands Forum secretariat over West Papuan leader Benny Wenda's participation at this year's Forum summit.

Leaders of Forum member states are meeting in Tuvalu this week, with Vanuatu's government including West Papuan representatives in its delegation.

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
KBR - August 14, 2019

Adi Ahdiat, Jakarta – The Nduga Regency Humanitarian Team has again called on the government to withdraw Indonesian military (TNI) and police from Nduga regency in Papua because the military operations being conducted there are terrifying local people.

August 13, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Jakarta Globe - August 13, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – The police have confirmed the death of a police investigator in Papua after he was taken hostage by an armed group on Monday.

A police spokesman said on Tuesday that First Brigadier Hedar was kidnapped by an armed criminal group called Lekagak Telenggen and then killed not long after.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
NZ Herald - August 13, 2019

Maire Leadbeater – The Pacific Islands Forum holds its annual meeting this week. Usually the leaders manage to avoid mention of the desperate human rights crisis in Indonesian-controlled West Papua in their communique, or to dismiss the issue in a formula of words so insipid it has negligible impact.

August 12, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
The Guardian - August 12, 2019

Ben Doherty – Human rights violations and political independence in West Papua are set to command debate at this week's Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), where Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda will urge government leaders to support the "Free Papua" campaign amid recent escalating political violence.

News ›› West Papua ›› Political Prisoners & Wrongful Imprisonment
Radio New Zealand - August 12, 2019

A Polish man jailed for treason in West Papua is to appeal his conviction and sentence in Indonesia's Supreme Court.

Jakub Skrzypski was in May jailed for five years after a judge in the Wamena District court ruled he had plotted to sell arms to the West Papua Liberation Army.

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Radio New Zealand - August 12, 2019

Hipolitus Yolisandry Ringgi Wangge – After eight months of the armed conflict between Indonesian security forces and West Papuan pro-independence fighters in Papua's central highlands, there's no end in sight to the struggles of the indigenous communities displaced by the fighting.

August 10, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Antara News - August 10, 2019

Timika, Papua – The Indonesian military (TNI) and Papua police will take necessary precautionary measures against security disturbances in the PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) mining area before Indonesia commemorates its 74th Independence Day anniversary on Aug 17.

August 9, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Radio New Zealand - August 9, 2019

The governor of Papua New Guinea's capital district wants Indonesia to allow West Papua to undertake an independence referendum.

In a statement, Powes Parkop also backed a call from Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers to raise the issue of human rights abuses in Papua at next week's Forum leaders summit.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Jakarta Post - August 9, 2019

Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – In a bid to give foreign media access to reporting about Papua, the Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI) has planned to bring several foreign journalists to the province, which has been marred by violence for years.

With a full support of the government, the PWI is to show the foreign journalists that "nothing wrong is happening in Papua".

August 8, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Jakarta Post - August 8, 2019

Jakarta – The TNI member, identified only as DAT, was arrested in Sorong, West Papua, on Aug. 4 after being named on the most-wanted list for two weeks. DAT is being detained at the Cenderawasih Military Police headquarter in Jayapura.

August 7, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Jakarta Globe - August 7, 2019

Robert Isidorus, Jakarta – Three soldiers have been arrested for allegedly selling ammunition to a criminal group while stationed in Timika, Papua.

The Cendrawasih Military Command, which oversees Papua and West Papua, made the announcement at the province's Sentani Airport on Tuesday, following the arrest of the third suspect, who had been on the run.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
The Interpreter - August 7, 2019

Johnny Blades – One of the criticisms of the Pacific Islands Forum over the years relates to the regional grouping's limited ability to advance its agenda in the face of the interests of Australia and New Zealand. The power imbalance hasn't always made for a cohesive regionalism.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
UCA News - August 7, 2019

Keith Loveard, Jakarta – Construction workers building a bridge as part of the Trans-Papua Highway late last year knew there was a separatist group in the area. Indeed, from later accounts, the construction crew was close enough to the separatists' camp to be able to watch them celebrate the Dec. 1 founding of the Free Papua Organization (OPM).

August 5, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
CNN Indonesia - August 5, 2019

Jakarta – Nduga Regent Yairus Gwijangge has asked for help from House of Representatives (DPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo to covey to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo that he wants the immediate withdrawal of all TNI (Indonesian military) and Polri (Indonesian police) personnel that have been conducting military operations in Papua since early December 2018.

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Radio New Zealand - August 5, 2019

An aid group in Indonesia's West Papua has reported 182 civilians have died fleeing violence in the highlands.

The Humanity Volunteer Team of Nduga has been helping communities displaced by armed conflict in Papua's Nduga regency with food, health and education needs in Wamena.

August 2, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Transport & Communication
Radio New Zealand - August 2, 2019

Johnny Blades – Papua's provincial government is frustrated over a lack of action by Indonesia's central government to open up direct international flights to Papua.

August 1, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Jakarta Post - August 1, 2019

Victor Mambor, Gisela Swaragita and Ardila Syakriah, Jayapura and Jakarta – Despite government efforts to distribute aid for civilians who escaped armed conflict in Nduga regency, Papua, some evacuees have refused assistance and are instead demanding the withdrawal of security troops from the conflict-ridden regency so that they can return home.

News ›› West Papua ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - August 1, 2019

Victor Mambor, Jayapura, Papua – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe has issued a regulation to help boost the involvement of Papuan businesspeople in procurement projects and speed up development in Indonesia's easternmost province.

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Jakarta Post - August 1, 2019

Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – Volunteers grouped under the Nduga Solidarity Civil Society Coalition reported in a statement on Thursday the deaths of 182 civilians who were taking refuge in various areas after fleeing from their homes in conflict-ridden Nduga regency between December and July.

July 29, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Radio New Zealand - July 29, 2019

Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers have agreed that alleged human rights violations in West Papua must remain on the agenda of the regional body.

Foreign ministers wrapped up their meeting in Suva at the weekend, laying out the agenda for next month's Forum leaders' summit in Tuvalu.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Radio New Zealand - July 29, 2019

Indonesia's military, or TNI, says its soldiers have taken control of an regional headquarters of the West Papua Liberation Army in Papua's Highlands.

Armed conflict between the Liberation Army and the TNI since late last year has left dozens dead in Nduga regency. Thousands of villagers have also been displaced from the regency due to the conflict.

July 28, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Language & Culture
Antara News - July 28, 2019

Musa Abubar and Eliswan Azly, Jayapura – The Papua Archaeological Center's researcher, Hari Suroto, highlighted the importance of teaching "koteka" (penis gourd) at schools in the central mountainous region of Papua Province as one of the ways to preserve the cultural heritage of indigenous Papuans.

July 26, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› International Solidarity
ULMWP - July 26, 2019

On 17th July 2019, ULMWP Chairman Benny Wenda was granted Freedom of the City of Oxford as a messenger of the West Papuan people, an award reflective of his lifetime of campaigning to amplify the calls of the West Papuan people for self-determination.

July 25, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
The Diplomat - July 25, 2019

Olivia Tasevski – This year marks 50 years since West Papua was officially incorporated into Indonesia via 1969's ironically named Act of Free Choice, whereby less than 1 percent of Papuans were forced to vote in favor of West Papua's incorporation into Indonesia.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freeport & MIFEE Food Estate
Jakarta Post - July 25, 2019

Jakarta – Gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) sold less copper and gold in the first half of 2019, decreasing to almost half the amount sold during the same period last year due to the transition from open pit to underground site.

News ›› West Papua ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Radio New Zealand - July 25, 2019

Indonesian logger and palm oil producer, the Korindo Group, is challenging some of the claims by environmental NGO, Mighty Earth.

The NGO has been tackling Korindo over its activities in Papua and Maluku for several years, forcing an investigation by the Forestry Stewardship Council.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Global Risk Insights - July 25, 2019

Patrick Dupont – West Papuan separatist groups have recently united under a single banner. However, internal conflict and a determined Indonesian government will likely lead to a deterioration in the security environment in Indonesia's Papua Province. This will increase the risk of disruption to mining operations in the resource-rich province.

News ›› West Papua ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Radio New Zealand - July 25, 2019

Major palm oil producer Korindo has been found guilty of rainforest destruction and human rights abuses in the Indonesian province of Papua by the Forest Stewardship Council.

July 24, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
UCA News - July 24, 2019

Benny Mawel, Jayapura – A church group in Papua has called on the Indonesian government to actively seek an end to clashes between the military and rebel groups in Papua that have displaced thousands and left at least a hundred people dead in the last eight months.

News ›› West Papua ›› International Solidarity
Radio New Zealand - July 24, 2019

Eight members of Britain's House of Lords want to see their government take a strong stand on press freedom in West Papua.

In an open letter, the members claimed Indonesia was trying to restrict information from West Papua amid allegations of widespread human rights abuses.

July 23, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Radio New Zealand - July 23, 2019

Indonesia's government has distributed aid to West Papuans displaced by violence in the Central Highlands.

It comes after a report by a rights group claiming at least 139 people had died of starvation and disease in displacement camps. Thousands are estimated to have fled the troubled Nduga regency, where rebels are waging war on the state.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Al Jezeera - July 23, 2019

Febriana Firdaus, Wamena, West Papua, Indonesia – Evidence is emerging that children are joining the long-running conflict in the restive Indonesian province of West Papua, six months after the military stepped up its crackdown on separatist rebels after the murder of 17 road construction workers in December.

July 22, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
The Guardian (UK) - July 22, 2019

Eight members of the House of Lords call on the foreign secretary to take a strong stand against the banning of nearly all foreign media, NGOs and humanitarian agencies from entering West Papua

Letters

Mon 22 Jul 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Asia Pacific Report - July 22, 2019

David Robie – Indonesia recently hosted a bold public relations window-dressing expo in Auckland presenting itself as a "Pacific" nation while attempting to provide an unconvincing impression of normality in the two Melanesian provinces known collectively as West Papua.

July 20, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› International Solidarity
Tabloid JUBI - July 20, 2019

Benny Mawel, Jayapura – West Papua National Committee (KNPB) congratulate Mr Benny Wenda for receiving the Freedom of Oxford City Council. The organisation that always support his agenda in the UK by organising series of peaceful demonstrations throughout West Papua declared that this award is a recognition of West Papuans' struggle for self-determination.

July 19, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Infrastructure & Development
KBR - July 19, 2019

Siti Sadida Hafsyah, Jakarta – Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) researcher Cahyo Pamungkas says that the Trans Papua Highway has yet to bring any benefits to the Papuan people.

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Reuters - July 19, 2019

Jakarta – Thousands of people in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua have been displaced by fighting between soldiers and separatists, and at least 139 of them have died from malnutrition and disease, an aid group said on Thursday.

But the Indonesian military disputed the figures for deaths and displaced issued by the Solidarity Team for Nduga aid group.

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Radio New Zealand - July 19, 2019

An aid group says at least 139 people have died in displacement camps in the highlands of West Papua.

But the Indonesian military has disputed the figures in the region plagued by conflict between separatist rebels and the state.

By all accounts, the conflict in Papua's Nduga regency has killed dozens since December, forcing many more to flee for their lives.

News ›› West Papua ›› International Solidarity
Radio New Zealand - July 19, 2019

Indonesia has condemned the Oxford City Council for its recognition of West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda.

Mr Wenda was given the Honorary Freedom of the City during a ceremony at the Oxford Town Hall on Wednesday.

The chairman of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua was granted political asylum in the UK in 2002.

July 18, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› International Solidarity
Kumparan - July 18, 2019

The Oxford City Council in Britain has awarded United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) chairperson Benny Wenda the Honorary Freedom of the City accolade for his fight for West Papuan self-determination. The Indonesian government has slammed the award.

News ›› West Papua ›› International Solidarity
Antara News - July 18, 2019

Yashinta Difa/Azis Kurmala, Jakarta – Indonesia has strongly condemned the Oxford City Council's decision to award Benny Wenda, a member of the West Papua movement separatist group, the Freedom of the City.