Antara, Jakarta – Some 16 native Papuans suffered arrow wounds in a tribal clash erupting in Jayawijaya District's area, Papua, on Thursday and Friday, but a public hospital's local doctors offered timely life-saving treatment, a police officer stated.
September 13, 2020
Jayapura, Jubi – A number of youths, students, and Papuan and non-Papuan communities held a peace rally on Thursday (10/9/2020) to decline the Special Autonomy phase II in Papua. The rally occurred at around 10 am Papua time in Jl. Jendral Ahmad Yani, Sorong City, Papua Barat Province.
September 9, 2020
Arjuna Pademme, Makassar, Jubi – The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) Papua stated the office received a number of reports on human rights violations that allegedly involved soldiers and police officers.
September 6, 2020
Jayapura, Jubi – Freeport Indonesia workers held a protest for the second time in Mile 72 that connecting Tembagapura and Freeport mining area on Wednesday (2/9/2020) demanding the corporate to pay additional incentive for those who keep working during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Semarang, Jubi – Adriana Elizabeth, a senior researcher at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and the Coordinator for the Papua Peace Network in Jakarta, said Jubi always be the first in reporting the updated situation of Papua. Further, she said that she has been familiar with Jubi and followed the news on Jubi since 2004 when doing her research in Manokwari.
September 2, 2020
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Indigenous rights activists have welcomed the cancellation of an oil palm plantation permit on Indigenous land in Indonesia's Papua region. They say the case is a prime example of the need to officially recognize Indigenous land rights.
September 1, 2020
Nina Loasana, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia has called for a thorough investigation into the recent death of 21-year-old George Karel Rumbino in the custody of the Sorong City Police in West Papua.
Jakarta – North Jayapura Community Health Center (Puskesmas) in Jayapura, Papua, has reopened its doors to provide medical services for the public despite being understaffed since a number of health workers contracted the coronavirus.
Susan Price – August marked one year since the racist attacks on West Papuan students in Surabaya that sparked a new West Papuan uprising. More than 100,000 people rose up against the racist violence and for West Papuan self-determination. In addition to several rallies in Jakarta, Papuans demonstrated across 40 cities.
August 31, 2020
Makassar, Jubi – Dandhy Dwi Laksono, a journalist who travelled around Indonesia in the Indonesia Biru Expedition in 2015, stated that the doctrine on the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia is Undisputed (NKRI Harga Mati) and nationalism had been instilled in the minds of the young generation from an early age.
Timika – Operations have resumed at the world's biggest gold mine in Indonesia, the company that runs it said Saturday, after workers blocked access to the site in protest at being stopped from visiting their families over virus concerns.
A protest demanding an easing of a Covid-19 lockdown at the Grasberg gold and copper mine in Papua ended last Friday.
Mining operatons had been disrupted since last Monday after protestors blocked access to the mine in the Indonesian province.
August 28, 2020
Agustinus Beo Da Cost, Jakarta – Workers at Indonesia's Grasberg gold and copper mine on Friday ended a protest demanding an easing of a coronavirus lockdown at the mine operated by a local unit of Freeport-McMoran Inc, a workers' representative and the company said.
August 26, 2020
Jakarta – Papuan Traditional Council (DAP) Second Secretary John Gobay is asking President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to quickly issue a government regulation on the mechanisms for establishing local political parties in the Land of the Cenderawasih as Papua is known.
Jakarta – Gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia has agreed to meet the demands of its employees at the Grasberg complex in Tembagapura, Papua, after more than 1,000 workers blocked access to the world's biggest gold mine.
Herlambang P Wiratraman – In mid-August, the government acknowledged that it has asked Indonesian human rights activist Veronica Koman to return Rp 774 million (A$73,400) in scholarship funds. This comes on top of a criminal investigation she faces because of her public advocacy of human rights issues in Papua in 2019.
August 25, 2020
A group of West Papuan political prisoners just released from jail have paid tribute to a human rights lawyer who died last week.
Yuliana Yabansabra had worked for the so-called Balikpapan Seven, West Papuan men who were jailed by an Indonesian court on treason charges for their role in anti-racism protests last year.
August 24, 2020
Timika, Indonesia – More than 1,000 Indonesian workers blocked access to the world's biggest gold mine on Monday in protest at a company move to shut down visits to their families over virus concerns.
August 20, 2020
Charles Maniani, Jayapura – On Wednesday August 19, officers from the Abepura sectoral police (Polsek) forcibly broke up a Papuan People's Solidarity action collecting funds to provide financial assistance to exiled Papua activist and human rights lawyer Veronica Koman.
August 19, 2020
Jayapura, Jubi – Abepura Sector Police of Jayapura Municipality dispersed fundraising activity by Papuan Student Solidarity for Veronica Koman in Jayapura City this month.
"The Police forcibly dispersed us," said Yops Itlay, fundraising partisan.
Victor Mambor, Jayapura, Papua – Musa Heselo, a resident of Jayapura, Papua, was not aware that he had frequently been discriminated against on the basis of his race. In fact, he never understood how discrimination and racism could manifest themselves in his everyday life.
August 18, 2020
David Robie – The silence from Facebook is deafening and disturbing.
Jakarta – Hundreds of Papuan students from the East Java cities of Malang and Surabaya held an action on Tuesday August 18 commemorating the racist incident that befell them one year ago.
August 17, 2020
Mong Palatino – Arbi Nur was one of four students who were expelled from Khairun University in Indonesia after they joined a protest in December 2019 supportive of Papua, Indonesia's largest and most eastern located, and predominantly Christian province.
Usman Hamid – The debate over Papua flared up again in Indonesia after anti-racism protests in the US triggered a social media campaign highlighting the plight of Papuans. Like black people in America, they have long suffered from structural racism.
Ronny Kareni – We are West Papuans living in Australia, calling for our friends to support Veronica Koman, an Indonesian human rights lawyer. Many West Papuans admire her advocacy work on West Papua issues, including her defense of West Papuan clients charged with treason for peacefully demanding our right to self-determination.
Papua, Indonesia's eastern-most province, has been in a grip of a civil unrest.
Alfian Kartono, Jayapura – Indonesian troops fatally shot a separatist leader in ongoing clashes between security forces and a rebel group near the world's largest gold mine in Indonesia's easternmost Papua region, police and rebels said Monday.
A group of Indonesian religious leaders, academics, activists and cultural figures have called on President Joko Widodo to free all political prisoners from Papua and Maluku. The call came as Indonesia prepared to mark its Independence Day on Aug. 17.
Ronna Nirmala, Jakarta – Government security forces in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province have killed a separatist commander whose group carried out deadly shootings at the Grasberg mine, police said Monday.
August 16, 2020
Islami Adisubrata, Wamena, Jubi – Papua Customary Council (DAP) commemorated the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples of 9 August 2020 by organising public prayer at Karma football square of DAP Hubula Office located in Wesaput Sub-district on Monday (10/8/2020).
Jayapura, Jubi – The Action Committee against the Special Autonomy Policy Phase II held a protest in front of the Indonesian Ministry of Home Affairs Office on Monday, 10 August 2020.
August 15, 2020
Denpasar – The Bali chapter of the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) held a protest action at the Renon traffic circle in the provincial capital of Denpasar on Saturday August 15 to commemorate 58 years since the 1962 New York agreement.
Chandra Iswinarno and Adie Prasetyo Nugraha – The Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) and the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) held actions at two locations in Jakarta on Saturday August 15 to commemorate 58 years since the 1962 New York agreement.
Jakarta – Approximately 289 children below 19 years old have been infected with COVID-19 in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua, an official has said, arguing that the virus transmissions were not from school activities following the recent reopening of schools.
Yudha Baskoro, Jakarta – Activists from the Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) and the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) held a demonstration on Saturday against the 1962 New York Agreement, which allowed the transfer of rule over West Papua from the Netherlands to temporary administration by the United Nations, before it was handed over to Indonesia in the same year.
August 14, 2020
Jakarta – Papuan human rights activist Veronica Koman is questioning the attitude of the Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) which she says ignored her written report to them about the death and rape threats against her.
Jakarta – Activist Veronica Koman says that she is ready to be discarded by the Indonesian government if her activities as a Papua human rights defender are deemed not to support the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI).
Vero, as she is known, said that she has openly affiliated herself with the Papuan people since she began this struggle.
Nina Loasana, Jakarta – Civil society group Papua Itu Kita (Papua Is Us) and Jayapura-based publication Jubi have initiated a fundraising movement to support Indonesian human rights lawyer Veronica Koman who was recently asked to return government-sponsored scholarship funding for her studies in Australia.
August 13, 2020
Annisa Nurul Aziza – Indonesian human rights activist and lawyer Veronica Koman said in a statement on Tuesday, August 11, that the Education Fund Management Institute (LPDP) under the Indonesian Ministry of Finance had demanded that she return a scholarship amounting to 773.8 million Rupiah ($53,000), that she received back in 2016.
Facebook has been urged by media freedom advocates to restore an article it pulled ostensibly because the piece violated its rules on nudity.
The article, published by the International Federation of Journalists, reported on concerns raised about media freedom in Melanesia by the Pacific Journalism Review in its latest edition.
August 12, 2020
Jakarta – Papuan activist and former political prisoner Filep Karma says there are differences in how demonstrations proceed in Papua and Jakarta. He says that in Papua, demonstrations are not as free and easy as in Jakarta.
Friski Riana, Jakarta – Human rights advocate Veronica Koman admitted that the Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) warned her to return to Indonesia before asking her to pay back the scholarship funds totaling Rp773.8 million.
Pacific Media Watch – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called on Facebook to restore an article that was censored for violating its rules on nudity and has urged the social media platform to be more transparent and responsible about respect for the free flow of information.
Jakarta – The human rights based community Papua Is Us (Papua Itu Kita) has launched a fund raising campaign to assist human rights activists and lawyer Veronica Kaman who says that the Indonesian government has asked her to return scholarship money she was given amounting to 773 million rupiah (US$52,760).
Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – With accusations mounting against her, Indonesian human rights lawyer Veronica Koman has said she is being forced to return hundreds of millions of rupiah of government-sponsored scholarship in what she claims is a move to financially punish her as she pleads for Finance Minister Sri Mulyani's impartiality in handling her case.
London – Surveillance, intimidation and harassment, protest dispersals, torture, arbitrary arrests and extra-judicial killings continued in the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua, and in Indonesia more broadly, as the state tried to crack down on the contentious issue of West Papua's self-determination in 2019.
Gunawan and Ronna Nirmala, Balikpapan, Indonesia, and Jakarta – The last of seven Papuan activists was released from a detention center in Indonesian Borneo on Wednesday after serving a sentence on charges of treason for taking part in anti-Jakarta protests last year.
August 11, 2020
Jakarta – Human Rights activist and lawyer, Veronica Koman, says that the Indonesian government has asked her to return scholarship money amounting to 773 million rupiah (US$52,760) which she received to pursue her master's degree in Australia in 2016.
August 10, 2020
Johnny Blades – Indonesian students becoming engaged in the West Papuan human rights struggle are under pressure from authorities.
Human rights advocates have called for the reinstatement of four Indonesian university students expelled for protesting against human rights abuses in Papua, including one young man charged and facing a lengthy prison term for his actions.