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…
Indonesia urged to invest in understanding Papuans

A Papuan academic says Indonesia’s approach to development in his homeland shows a lack of understanding about Melanesian culture. Australia-based anthropologist Yamin Kogoya said there is too much emphasise on ramming the Indonesian state ideology down Papuans’ throats. Indonesia’s president…
West Papua Liberation Army claims responsibility for Papua killings

The West Papua Liberation Army is claiming responsibility for the killings of at least 24 Indonesian construction workers in Papua. The claims confirmed initial blame placed on the separatist group by Indonesian authorities, and marked a deadly escalation of conflict in the…

Andre Barahamin – 28 Mar, 2017, New Mandala Why have Jokowi’s promises to open up Indonesia’s “forbidden island” to journalists and rights monitors flunked? On 20 December 2016, the Legal Aid Foundation for Indonesia Press (LBH Pers) staged a press conference.…
West Papua issue stirs during Jokowi’s PNG visit

The thorny issue of West Papua has stirred controversy during a state visit by Indonesia’s President, Joko Widodo, to Papua New Guinea. Indonesia’s Papua region: the provinces of West Papua and Papua Photo: RNZ Mr Widodo left Port Moresby today after a…