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June 23, 2022

Asia Pacific Report - June 23, 2022

A new Asia Pacific social justice research and publication nonprofit has awarded a diversity communications trophy to a West Papuan postgraduate student who has advocated for the education and welfare of his fellow students.

Several dozen Papuan students trying to complete their studies were stranded in Aotearoa New Zealand by a sudden scholarship cancellation.

Tabloid JUBI - June 23, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Student Solidarity of the Meepago Region in Jayapura said the Papua expansion plan by the government was an attempt to exploit Papua's natural resources. This was stated by Yapinus as the Solidarity's coordinator during his speech at Mimika Dormitory, Jayapura City, on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

June 22, 2022

Tabloid JUBI - June 22, 2022

Jakarta, Jubi – Commission II of the House of Representatives overseeing home affairs, in a Working Meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, agreed to form a Working Committee for the Deliberation of Three Bills on the Establishment of Three Provinces in Papua to be completed on June 30, 2022.

Tabloid JUBI - June 22, 2022

Merauke, Jubi – A number of Tanah Miring residents visited the Merauke Police on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, to dispute a 53-hectare land in Yaba Maru Village SP 9, Tanah Miring District. The land was purchased by Merauke Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr.

June 21, 2022

The Diplomat - June 21, 2022

Aprila Wayar and Johnny Blades – In April of this year, Indonesia's parliament approved a plan to create three new provinces in Papua, the easternmost region of the archipelago.

June 20, 2022

Tabloid JUBI - June 20, 2022

Manokwari, Jubi – The National West Papua Liberation Army (TPNPB) claims to have stabbed a Papuan member of the Yon D Wamena Mobile Brigade, Second Brig. Diego Rumaropen, on Saturday, June 18, 2022.

June 17, 2022

CNN Indonesia - June 17, 2022

Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) has discussed the plan to hold a peaceful dialogue to resolve the problems in Papua during its visit to the United Nation's headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Tabloid JUBI - June 17, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Legal Aid Institute (LBH Papua) has asked the Jayapura City Police to punish their members who fired rubber bullets to disperse the rally commemorating the death of West Papua National Committee (KNPB) leader Mako Tabuni on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

Antara News - June 17, 2022

M Zulfikar, Fadhli Ruhman, Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) has communicated the fundamental developments related to the advancement and enforcement of human rights in Indonesia to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Tabloid JUBI - June 17, 2022

Manokwari, Jubi – A team of investigators from the Fakfak District Attorney (DA), West Papua, searched a number of documents in the Fakfak General Election Commission (KPU) Treasurer's room on Thursday, June 16, 2022.

The DA managed to confiscate 50 documents related to the accountability report of the Regional Grant Fund to the KPU in the 2020 Regional Head Election.

June 16, 2022

Merdeka.com - June 16, 2022

Supriatin – Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Mahfud MD has refuted news that the United Nations Human Rights Council recently highlighted human rights violations in Indonesia, including the current situation in Papua.

Kompas.com - June 16, 2022

Vitorio Mantalean, Jakarta – The State Intelligence Agency (BIN) has finally spoken out over allegations that mortars it imported from Serbia were dropped on villages in Papua in 2021.

The allegations were reported by the London based arms monitoring group Conflict Armament Research (CAR) which was quoted in a report by Reuters.

Mongabay - June 16, 2022

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Authorities in Indonesia's Papua province have recommended the revocation of licenses for 35 out of the 54 oil palm concessions operating there.

The move follows an evaluation of the licenses carried out by the provincial government since 2019, and mirrors a similar spate of revocations in neighboring West Papua province.

Antara News - June 16, 2022

Evarianus S, Mecca Yumna, Manokwari – Investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia has urged regional governments in West Papua Province to implement a healthy bureaucracy and offer security guarantees to attract entrepreneurs to invest in the region.

Tabloid JUBI - June 16, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe invites 29 regents and mayors in Papua Province to be of one mind in maintaining the unity of the Earth of Cenderawasih (Papua).

June 15, 2022

Tabloid JUBI - June 15, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Four activists of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), who were arrested during the protest commemorating the death of Mako Tabuni in Jayapura City on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, were released by the police at 9 p.m. local time. They were released after being questioned at the Jayapura Police Headquarters for several hours.

Tabloid JUBI - June 15, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Four protesters who took part in the commemoration of Mako Tabuni's death, which took place at Waena 3 Housing in Jayapura City on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, were injured when the police dispersed the protest. The four people were allegedly hit by rubber bullets.

June 14, 2022

Suara Papua - June 14, 2022

Agus Pabika, Jayapura – – The West Papua National Committee (KNPB) commemorated the killing of Papua activist Musa Mako Tabuni today. Tabuni was shot dead by the Densus 88 anti-terror unit at 9.30 am on June 14, 2012, at the Perumnas III taxi roundabout in Waena, Jayapura city.

Tabloid JUBI - June 14, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Head of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation of the Synod of the Evangelical Christian Church in Papua Rev. Dora Balubun said the expansion of Papua would only divide Papuans and put them into boxes of tribes.

Tabloid JUBI - June 14, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Anthropology lecturer of the University of Papua I Ngurah Suryawan said a number of major universities in Indonesia have profited from the Papua expansion, as the process required studies prepared by universities. The government would then use the academic paper to endorse the expansion of Papua.

June 13, 2022

Tabloid JUBI - June 13, 2022

Muliaman, Jubi – Now entering the fourth year since thousands of Nduga residents fled their villages in December 2018. More than 80 families have been living in poverty in evacuation in Sekom, Muliama District, Jayawijaya Regency. The shelter is surrounded by gardens and trees, located outside the city of Wamena, about an hour's drive to the west.

Suara.com - June 13, 2022

Chandra Iswinarno – Marking 21 years since the still unresolved Wasior Tragedy in Wasior district, Papua, in 2001, the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) notes that incidents of violence in Papua continue to increase.

June 11, 2022

East Asia Forum - June 11, 2022

Deka Anwar, IPAC – Policymakers in Jakarta are forging ahead with a plan to divide Papua into four provinces despite strong local opposition. Jakarta claims this will accelerate development and bring the government closer to the people because the new provinces will be based on indigenous cultural zones.

Modern Tokyo Times - June 11, 2022

Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker – The indigenous of West Papua suffer from international capitalist exploitation, Indonesian exploitation, and the demographic and religious timebomb of Javanization, Islamization, and other non-indigenous ethnic groups exploiting this land.

June 10, 2022

Tabloid JUBI - June 10, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi TV – An Indonesian Military (TNI) member of the Intan Jaya Preparatory Military District Command, Chief Pvt. Asben Kurniawan Gagola, was arrested in Wandoga Village, Sugapa District for allegedly selling ammunition to the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) at Rp 2 million.

Tabloid JUBI - June 10, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – As of Thursday, June 9, 2022, at 8 p.m. local time, 21 students of Sentani 1 Vocational School were still being questioned at the Jayapura Police, after previously celebrating graduation by doodling the Morning Star pattern on their uniforms then convoying in Sentani, the capital of Jayapura Regency.

June 9, 2022

Tabloid JUBI - June 9, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papuan People's Petition protesters who rallied in Makassar City, South Sulawesi, to reject the establishment of new autonomous regions in Papua and Papua's Special Autonomy (Otsus) on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, were attacked by a group of people claiming to be a mass organization.

Tabloid JUBI - June 9, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Manado Military Court III-17 on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, held a hearing to read the charges against two Indonesian Military (TNI) members who shot and killed two residents of Timika, Eden Bebari and Roni Wandik.

June 8, 2022

Benar News - June 8, 2022

Victor Mambor, Jayapura, Indonesia – Activists say authorities should investigate who dropped mortar shells from the sky on eight villages in Indonesia's rebellious Papua region during counter-insurgency operations last year, and whether the ammunition belonged to the national spy agency.

CNN Indonesia - June 8, 2022

Jakarta – A protest action by Papuan students which took place in the South Sulawesi provincial capital of Makassar, which was opposing the creation of new autonomous regions in Papua, ended in a clash with a social organisation (ormas). A number of people were injured and rushed to the nearest hospital.

Tabloid JUBI - June 8, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The pilot of the Semuwa Aviation Mandiri (SAM) Air, M Farhan Fachri, managed to save himself when the plane he was carrying was shot at by armed groups at Kenyam Airport, Nduga Regency on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. Farhan escaped the gunfire after jumping into the sewers and taking cover for a while.

Tabloid JUBI - June 8, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Director of the Papua Legal Aid Institute (LBH Papua) Emanuel Gobay has asked President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to immediately audit the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) regarding its alleged purchase of weapons used in the armed conflict in Papua.

June 7, 2022

Antara News - June 7, 2022

Evarianus Supar, Uyu Liman, Manokwari, W Papua (ANTARA) – The West Papua Regional Police have increased security in Manokwari city and its surrounding areas ahead of the implementation of the Woman 20 (W20) side event and the 4th Youth 20 (Y20) pre-summit.

Tribune Magazine - June 7, 2022

Douglas Gerrard – In September of last year, labourers returning to work on the Trans-Papua highway found that much of their heavy equipment had been destroyed overnight. As a result, construction was briefly stopped on a stretch of road traversing the Bintang mountains, close to the border with Papua New Guinea.

Tabloid JUBI - June 7, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Office of Statistics Indonesia (BPS) hoped that people in 29 regencies and cities in Papua would be willing to open up and accept 2020 Population Census officers who come to collect their data, Head of BPS Papua Adriana Robaha said in a press statement in Jayapura City on Thursday, June 2, 2022.

Jakarta Post - June 7, 2022

Nur Janti, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia has called out the government for excessive use of force in Papua last week against protesters who were rallying against Jakarta's plan to create new provinces in the country's easternmost region.

Tabloid JUBI - June 7, 2022

Merauke, Jubi – The Archbishop of Merauke, Petrus Canisius Mandagi, revealed that education services in the interior of Papua's Merauke Regency were not running, partly because teachers did not carry out their duties properly.

Mandagi heard the people's complaints himself during his Canonical Visit to Kimaam and Ilwayab Districts two weeks ago.

June 6, 2022

Tabloid JUBI - June 6, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Amnesty International Indonesia and Amnesty International Australia made a joint press release to respond to the police's action in dispersing a peaceful protest against the Papua expansion plan as well as Papua's Special Autonomy (Otsus) in Jayapura City on Friday, June 3, 2022.

Asia Pacific Report - June 6, 2022

Yamin Kogoya – A flurry of peaceful rallies and protests erupted in West Papua and Indonesia on Friday, June 3.

Papuan People's Petition (PRP), the National Committee for West Papua (Komite Nasional Papua Barat-KNPB) and civil society groups and youth from West Papua marched in protest of Jakarta's plan to create more provinces.

UCA News - June 6, 2022

By UCA News reporter, Jakarta – Human rights activists including Christians have urged the Indonesian government to explain the use of mortars during airstrikes in Papua as alleged in a report by a London-based think tank.

Tabloid JUBI - June 6, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Spokesperson for the Papuan People's Petition (PRP) Jefri Wenda urges the Papuan Legislative Council (DPRP) and the Papuan People's Assembly (MRP) to immediately address people's aspirations in rejecting the creation of new autonomous regions in Papua (Papua expansion) and Papua's Special Autonomy.

June 4, 2022

Australian West Papua Association (Sydney) Statement - June 4, 2022

Six defendants on trial for the attack on the Kisor Military Post in Maybrat Regency West Papua, were sentenced to between 18 and 20 years in prison on the 31 May.

June 3, 2022

Tabloid JUBI - June 3, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Byak'Si Community Movement has submitted to the Synod of the Evangelical Christian Church (GKI) Papua its aspiration to reject the Biak Spaceport development plan in Biak Numfor Regency on Monday, May 30, 2022.

Kompas.com - June 3, 2022

Sorong Maichel (contributor), Sorong – Police were forced to break up a demonstration opposing the creation of new autonomous regions (DOB) in Papua which was held at the Sorong city Regional House of Representatives (DPRD) office in Sorong, West Papua, on Friday afternoon, June 3.

The Wire - June 3, 2022

Tom Allard, Jakarta – Almost 2,500 mortar shells from Serbia bought for Indonesia's spy agency last year were converted to be air-dropped, and some were used in attacks on eight villages in Papua, according to a report from an arms monitoring group and photos provided to Reuters.

Tabloid JUBI - June 3, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Jayapura City Police deployed its forces this morning to a number of locations where the Papuan People's Petition (PRP) mass protested on Friday, June 3, 2022, claiming to secure the action.

Kompas.com - June 3, 2022

Vitorio Mantalean, Jakarta – The Papua Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) says that as of Friday evening, June 3, at least 20 people had been injured as a result of police violence in dealing with protest actions against the creation of new autonomous regions (DOB) in Papua and West Papua provinces.

CNN Indonesia - June 3, 2022

Jakarta – Two students were reportedly injured today when they were blocked by police during a long-march in the provincial capital of Jayapura opposing new autonomous regions (DOB) in Papua. The police meanwhile have denied this.

June 2, 2022

Tabloid JUBI - June 2, 2022

Yogyakarta, Jubi – The Makassar District Court on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, sentenced six defendants in the attack on the Kisor Military Post in Maybrat Regency, West Papua.

Tabloid JUBI - June 2, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi TV – Coordinator of the Papua Peace Network (JDP) Pastor John Bunai says that reconciliation is an option for a Papuan recovery movement.

Previously, the late Pastor Neles Tebay has also called for dialogue to unravel the root causes of Papua's problems with Indonesia. But the voice for dialogue seems to keep ricocheting, never done properly.