Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk The Free West Papua Campaign has welcomed the call by the United Nation’s human rights experts for “Prompt and impartial investigations … into numerous cases of alleged killings, unlawful arrests, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment…
Indonesia is cementing control over West Papua

The Solomon Star News, By NITHIN COCA, Freelance Journalist  EARLIER this month, the Indonesian military raided and destroyed the offices of the West Papuan National Committee, a separatist group in the country’s easternmost region, which has long agitated for independence. …

Indonesia’s President is encouraging Indonesian companies to develop palm oil in Solomon Islands. Joko Widodo met with the Solomons Prime Minister Rick Hou on Saturday on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea. Mr Widodo said they…
O’Neill: Aust, China are our friends

By HELEN TARAWA, the National PNG CHINA and Australia are very good friends who continue to trade with each other and are important to the Asia-Pacific region, says Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. Responding to questions on how Papua New Guinea…
Vanuatu raises West Papua at UN

The issue of West Papua, was raised by Vanuatu at the United Nations 72nd General Assembly with exchanges of the Right of Reply between Vanuatu and Indonesia. Vanuatu Ambassador to the United Nations, Odo Tevi, made the following statement as Vanuatu…
Pacific leaders call out Indonesia at UN over West Papua

Vanuatu’s prime minister Charlot Salwai, a long time supporter of West Papuan self-determination, told the General Assembly in New York that decolonisation must remain on the UN agenda. He said the Human Rights Council must investigate human rights abuses in…

Papua New Guinea’s Foreign Minister says economic and social development is already underway in the area around the border with Indonesia. Rimbink Pato was responding to comments by National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop that PNG had not co-operated enough…

Indonesia’s government is proposing $US4 million in funding towards influencing Pacific Island countries to change their position on Papua. The Kompas newspaper reports the country’s top security minister, Wiranto, who like many Indonesians goes by only one name, saying the money would…
Melanesian Spearhead Group failing – Ralph Regenvanu

RNZI: Vanuatu’s Foreign Minister says he’s lost faith in the Melanesian Spearhead Group because of a lack of consensus and political engagement. The group had become especially contentious after including Indonesia in 2015, which had clashed with United Liberation Movement…