Category: Asia Oceania

Jihad is coming to the Pacific

It’s not just West Papua‘s 2 million Christians who are vulnerable but all in our region. If these jihadist have Indonesian government and military approval then this should be a red line for Australia and the region. It’s an abrogation…
Indonesia’s Widodo willing to meet Papua pro-independence groups

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has told media he is prepared to meet West Papuan pro-independence groups to discuss problems in Papua. Viva News reports that President Widodo, known as Jokowi, indicated he was willing to meet anyone to discuss important issues in…
Pacific leaders call for action from industrial nations

Pacific Island Forum leaders have urged the United Nations Secretary General to persuade the world’s industrial powers to take urgent action to reduce their carbon emissions. Forum leaders met with António Guterres on Saturday ahead of the UN supremo’s special…
Nation marks the funeral of Tongan PM

The funeral of the late Tongan prime minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva is taking place this morning in Nuku’alofa. Mr Pohiva died in Auckland last Thursday but has been lying-in-state at the St George Government Building over the past two nights. There…
Kausea Natano new PM of Tuvalu; Sopoaga ousted

uvalu’s Parliament has elected a new prime minister, ending the six-year premiership of Enele Sopoaga. Kausea Natano was this morning voted in by 10 of the country’s 16 MPs to form a new government. Mr Natano, a long-time MP from Funafuti,…
Pacific leaders pay tribute to ‘Akilisi Pohiva

Pacific leaders are paying tribute to the late Tongan prime minister, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, who died on Thursday. The 78-year-old died in an Auckland hospital having been evacuated from Tonga on Wednesday with pneumonia. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said…
NZ ‘deeply concerned’ by West Papua violence

New Zealand’s government says it’s “deeply concerned” by recent violence in Indonesia’s West Papua during protests which have rocked the country. At least 10 people have been killed in separate clashes between Papuan demonstrators, security forces and vigilante mobs. Dozens…
The history behind West Papua’s resurgent political dissent

As political unrest and civil violence again grip Indonesia’s eastern Papua provinces – what is the history behind the resurgent discontent of the region’s Indigenous people? BY TOM STAYNER A resurgence of rebellion among West Papuans demanding independence for their native…
Papuan students under siege seek self-determination

West Papuan university students who have been attacked by non-Papuan civilian groups during unrest in the region say they simply seek self-determination. A surge of anti-racism protests and pro-independence demonstrations by West Papuans has rocked Indonesia for the past two…