Category: Asia Oceania

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…
Calls to end violence in West Papua

Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor, has called for urgent action to end increasing violence in West Papua (Tanah Papua) along with a human rights investigation in a statement released on 2 September. Her message has been welcomed by a member-led…

Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat via gmail.mcsv.net 12:51 PM (5 hours ago)to me Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General on events in West Papua 2.45 pm (Fiji Standard Time) Monday02 September 2019 Suva, Fiji – Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor has…
Surge in Papua violence prompts stronger stand from Pacific leaders

Jamie Tahana, RNZ Pacific Journalist@JamieTahanajamie.tahana@rnz.co.nz As thousands of Papuans took to the streets for a second week of mass demonstrations, Pacific leaders have conceded that, to date, their stance on West Papua has achieved little. The last ten days has seen…

Indonesian President Joko Widodo says he’s willing to meet West Papua leaders this week to discuss their demands for an independence referendum. The offer comes as protests in West Papua enter a second week, with calls for the United Nations…
Papuans continue protests against racism and hatred

By Asia Pacific Report – August 21, 2019, By Johnny Blades of RNZ Pacific Protests are spreading in Indonesia-ruled West Papua in response to harassment of Papuans during explosive incidents in Javanese cities last week. Indonesia’s president has urged calm after some of the protests turned…
Vanuatu to host next Pacific Islands Forum

Pacific leaders have decided on the venues for the next three leaders summits. At last week’s summit in Tuvalu it was announced that Vanuatu would host in 2020, Fiji in 2021 and Kiribati in 2022.
Pacific leaders push for UN rights commissioner visit to Papua

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…