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February 14, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Radio New Zealand International - February 14, 2019

Indonesian state media is reporting that hundreds of students have fled violence in Papua's central Highlands.

Since December, an increasing number of gun fights have occurred between the West Papua Liberation Army and Indonesian security forces.

Antara News reported the violence had displaced 406 students and more than 80 teachers in Jayawijaya regency.

February 13, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Political Parties & Elections
CNN Indonesia - February 13, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) and the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) say that the West Papuan people will not take part in the 2019 presidential and legislative elections.

News ›› West Papua ›› Film & Television
Radio New Zealand International - February 13, 2019

A short documentary which highlights the risks of being a journalist in Indonesian-ruled Papua region, or West Papua, has won an international film award.

Aprila, directed by Rohan Radheya, took out the best short film award at the 16th Pacific Fifo Documentary Film Festival in French Polynesia.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freeport & MIFEE Food Estate
CNN Indonesia - February 13, 2019

Jakarta – Thirty-five sacked PT Freeport Indonesia workers, who have been camping out in front of the State Palace for a week, have been forcibly removed by police and are being held at the Metro Jaya regional police headquarters in Jakarta.

February 11, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Associated Press - February 11, 2019

Indonesian police have acknowledged officers terrorised a Papuan man with a snake after a video of the incident circulated online showing the man screaming in fear while his interrogator laughed.

February 10, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Tempo - February 10, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Some 320 children from Nduga district in Papua province have fled to the neighboring Jayawijaya district along with their parents or on their own, as firefights are ongoing between the armed criminal group and security personnel.

February 9, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Associated Press - February 9, 2019

A Polish man on trial for treason in Indonesia after meeting with Papuan independence supporters said that visitors to his prison assaulted him and threatened to kill him as guards watched. The development has once again spotlighted the issue of Papua, one of several challenges Jakarta has faced on the democracy and human rights front.

News ›› West Papua ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Jakarta Post - February 9, 2019

Jakarta – The Papua Police have apologized for wrapping a snake around a native Papuan they suspected of theft.

A video of the incident, which took place while the police were interrogating the suspect, has been circulating online.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Saturday Paper - February 9, 2019

John Martinkus – There is a new war on Australia's doorstep. After 57 years of sporadic fighting, military crackdowns, killings and detentions by the Indonesian authorities against the West Papuans, the Free West Papua Movement (OPM) last week declared war on the Indonesian government.

News ›› West Papua ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
CNN Indonesia - February 9, 2019

Jakarta – For exactly four days scores of former PT Freeport Indonesia employees have been camped out opposite the State Palace in Central Jakarta. Sleeping under tents made from tarpaulin, the employees who were sacked by the Freeport gold-and-copper mine in 2017 are sleeping over making use of whatever supplies they have available.

February 5, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Radio New Zealand International - February 5, 2019

Indonesian corruption investigators have been assaulted while tailing Papua Governor Lukas Enembe.

Indonesian state media reported the two officials were hospitalised prompting an inquiry from Jakarta police.

February 4, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Indigenous & Minority Rights
Reuters - February 4, 2019

Bangkok – A highway under construction in Indonesia's Papua province is hurting the environment and stoking conflict by threatening indigenous land rights, analysts and activists said.

The Trans Papua highway is part of Indonesian President Joko Widodo's plan to develop the impoverished eastern province, and open up access to its abundant natural resources.

February 2, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Vanuatu Daily Post - February 2, 2019

Kizzy Kalsakau and Jason Abel – The Government of Indonesia has criticized Vanuatu for including a West Papuan leader and the United Liberal Movement for the people of West Papua (ULMWP) chairman, Benny Wenda in its delegation to a meeting with U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.

February 1, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Tempo - February 1, 2019

Ryan Dwiky Anggriawan, Jakarta – The Army's Special Forces (Kopassus) commander, Maj. Gen. I Nyoman Cantasia, commented on the recent attacks by a civilian armed group (KKSB) in Papua. He said the group mainly comprised young criminals seeking attention.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Radio New Zealand International - February 1, 2019

Vanuatu's foreign minister has dismissed criticism from the Indonesian government for including the United Liberation Movement (ULMWP) for West Papua in its meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
Radio New Zealand International - February 1, 2019

The Free West Papua Movement, or OPM, has called for United Nations intervention over conflict in Papua's Nduga regency.

The Highlands regency is the current focal point of armed conflict between Indonesian security forces and the West Papua Liberation Army.

News ›› West Papua ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Tempo - February 1, 2019

Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – The Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto said that his institution would establish psychological and territorial operations in Papua in a bid to engage the locals to be familiar and have no fear of the TNI officers.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Radio New Zealand International - February 1, 2019

Johnny Blades – Efforts to focus international attention on the West Papua independence cause surged in the past week.

First, a petition claiming to represent the voices of 1.8 million West Papuans calling for decolonisation of Indonesian-ruled Papua was handed to the UN Human Rights Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, in Geneva.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Radio New Zealand International - February 1, 2019

The Free West Papua Movement, or OPM, has called for international action on the conflict in Indonesian-ruled Papua

At a rare press conference in neighbouring Papua New Guinea, OPM representatives were joined by PNG civil society groups and two high-profile local MPs pushing for a change in the PNG government's policy on West Papua.

Johnny Blades reports.

January 31, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
SBS News - January 31, 2019

Lin Evlin – Indonesia's Ambassador to the UN, Hasan Kleib, has strongly condemned Vanuatu for helping exiled West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda to meet with UN officials during one of its periodic review meetings.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Antara News - January 31, 2019

Yashinta DP, Fardah, Jakarta – The Indonesian Government has sent a note of protest to the Government of Vanuatu for smuggling Papuan separatist Benny Wenda into the South Pacific nation's delegation while meeting the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet Jeria.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Benar News - January 31, 2019

Victor Mambor, Jayapura – Indonesia has strongly criticized the tiny Pacific island-nation of Vanuatu for including an exiled Papuan separatist leader as a member of its delegation during a meeting in Geneva last week with the U.N. human rights chief.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freeport & MIFEE Food Estate
Jakarta Post - January 31, 2019

Jakarta – State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno has said the government does not expect big revenue from gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) in the next three years, following a US$3.85 billion divestment deal.

January 30, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
ABC News - January 30, 2019

Tasha Wibawa – Earlier this week, a petition signed by more than 1.8 million people calling for an independence referendum in Indonesia's West Papua province was delivered to United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet.

News ›› West Papua ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Future Directions - January 30, 2019

Jarryd de Haan – Armed rebels in the Indonesian province of Papua were involved in a gunfight on 28 January with the Indonesian Military (TNI) at an airstrip at Mapenduma in the Nduga Regency.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Radio New Zealand International - January 30, 2019

Indonesia's military has evacuated the body of a soldier killed at an airport in Papua's Highlands on Monday.

Xinhua reported that gunmen shot at an arriving aircraft carrying soldiers at Mapenduma airport of Nduga district, leaving one soldier dead.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
The Guardian - January 30, 2019

Helen Davidson – Indonesia has agreed in principle to allow the UN office of the human rights commissioner into West Papua amid continuing violence in the region.

January 29, 2019

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

Civil society groups in Papua New Guinea are urging the government to speak out about violent conflict in the neighbouring Papua region of Indonesia.

This comes amid a recent escalation of conflict between the West Papua Liberation Army and Indonesian security forces in Papua's Central Highlands.

News ›› West Papua ›› Infrastructure & Development
Detik News - January 29, 2019

Jakarta – The construction of a bridge on the Trans Papua road in Nduga, West Papua, will be finished by the army (TNI AD). The construction of the bridge was postponed following the December 2 fatal shooting of construction workers by the West Papua National Liberation Army.

January 28, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Free West Papua - January 28, 2019

A group of UK parliamentarians in the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for West Papua have welcomed the handing-in of the historical West Papuan People's Petition to the UN human rights chief.

In a statement, the APPG said:

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Radio New Zealand International - January 28, 2019

A petition by West Papuans seeking decolonisation has been handed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.

The petition was delivered in a meeting officially facilitated by the Vanuatu government in Geneva on Friday.

Statements ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Pacific Media Centre - January 28, 2019

London (Benny Wenda/Pacific Media Watch) – As chairman of The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), I have presented the West Papuan People's Petition for self-determination to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.

January 27, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
South China Morning Post - January 27, 2019

Febriana Firdaus – Jakob Skrzypski left a stable job in Switzerland to travel through Indonesia last year. He visited Java, Sumatra and the tourist island of Bali before heading to the restive provinces of West Papua and Papua.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Reuters - January 27, 2019

Geneva – A separatist movement in Indonesia's West Papua province delivered a petition with 1.8 million signatures demanding an independence referendum to U.N. Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Friday, its leader told Reuters after the meeting.

January 23, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Infrastructure & Development
Radio New Zealand International - January 23, 2019

The Free West Papua Movement, or OPM, says it has political support in Papua New Guinea to push for negotiations with Indonesia.

Along with its armed wing, the West Papua Liberation Army, the OPM plans to hold a press conference in PNG's capital next week.

January 22, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Radio New Zealand International - January 22, 2019

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua is calling for Pacific regional groups to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in Indonesia's Papua region.

The movement's chair, Benny Wenda, said the Pacific Islands Forum and the Melanesian Spearhead Group should urgently send fact-finding missions to Nduga regency.

News ›› West Papua ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
The Guardian - January 22, 2019

Helen Davidson – Three babies who died during childbirth are among the civilian deaths West Papuan leaders are blaming on a brutal crackdown by Indonesian forces in the region of Nduga.

They are calling for Indonesia to allow humanitarian and medical agencies access to the area, as well as foreign media.

Reports ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Free West Papua - January 22, 2019

A rescue team consisting of church leaders, Nduga government representatives, local parliament members and civil society figures have published a report on the killing of 17 government contractors.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Tabloid JUBI - January 22, 2019

Victor Mambor, Jayapura – Papua Human Rights Lawyers Association (PAHAM), Papua Legal AID Institute (LBH) and GKI Synod who are members of the Coalition for Law Enforcement and Human Rights in Papua registered a pretrial lawsuit against the police in Timika District Court, Papua on Thursday afternoon (17/01/2019).

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
Down to Earth - January 22, 2019

Jessica Franklin – More than 300 different Papuan tribes of ethnic Melanesian origin on the western half of New Guinea have been brutally suppressed by the Austronesian-dominated government at Jakarta since 1963

January 21, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Radio New Zealand International - January 21, 2019

Indonesia's military says one of its soldiers has been killed by Papuan rebels during a shootout in the Highlands region.

Military spokesperson Colonel Mohammed Aidi told Antara News that an officer was killed on Friday in Puncak Jaya regency.

January 19, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Radio New Zealand International - January 19, 2019

Dozens of students have turned out across Indonesia to protest military action in Papua's Nduga regency.

Since late last year, a large, joint military and police operation has been underway in the Highlands region in pursuit of the West Papua Liberation Army.

January 18, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Berita Bali - January 18, 2019

Denpasar – Scores of people from the People's United Forum (FPR) and the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) held a rally in and around the Renon area in the Balinese provincial capital of Denpasar on Friday January 18.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Radio New Zealand International - January 18, 2019

Lawyers in Indonesia have launched legal action against last month's arrest of three members of the the West Papua National Committee in Timika.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Jakarta Post - January 18, 2019

Jakarta – Human rights groups have called on the Papua Police to immediately and unconditionally drop the "rebellion" charge against three activists from the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) and release them.

January 17, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Radio New Zealand International - January 17, 2019

Papuan civilians in troubled Nduga regency are returning to their villages after recent conflict in the area, according to Indonesia's military.

Since late last year, a large joint operation by military and police has been underway in this Highlands region in pursuit of the West Papua Liberation Army.

January 16, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Radio New Zealand International - January 16, 2019

Amnesty International is calling on Indonesia to drop treason charges against three Papuan political activists.

Yanto Awerkion, Sem Asso and Edo Dogopia were among six members of the West Papua National Committee arrested in December, when police and military took over the group's secretariat in Timika.

January 15, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
South China Morning Post - January 15, 2019

Febriana Firdaus – A Polish man accused of plotting a coup with a pro-independence Papuan armed group has become the first foreigner to be charged with treason in Indonesia.

January 12, 2019

Statements ›› West Papua ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
TAPOL Urgent Action - January 12, 2019

TAPOL, Franciscans International, International Coalition for Papua, Watch Indonesia!, West Papua Netzwerk and Geneva for Human Rights Global Training would like to draw your attention to the cases of the violation of the rights to freedom of opinion and expression as well as the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association of the members of West Papua National Committee (

January 9, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Mining & Energy
Reuters - January 9, 2019

Bernadette Christina Munthe, Jakarta – Copper concentrate exports from Indonesia's Grasberg mine, the world's second-largest copper mine, are forecast to plunge this year because of a lag in output as operations move from open pit to underground mining, a government official said on Wednesday.