‘Free Papua Movement’ Intensifies Amid Escalating Violence

West Papua was annexed by Indonesia decades ago, leading to a prolonged conflict. A tribal chief who lives overseas recently declared himself president of the embattled territory. By Richard C. Paddock BANGKOK — It has been 59 years since separatists…
Papuan independence battle fought from Oxford village

To his neighbours in Marston, a village in north Oxford where he has lived for 16 years, Benny Wenda is another face in the multicultural city. His six children have gone to local schools and he worships at the local…
West Papua independence leaders declare ‘government-in-waiting’

West Papuan leaders have declared a provisional “government-in-waiting” of the contested Indonesian province, as the United Nations said it was “disturbed by escalating violence” there, including the killing of a child allegedly by security forces. The province marks independence day…
West Papuan provisional government-in-exile formed

On December 1, all around the world, supporters of the long struggle for West Papuan self-determination raised the Morning Star flag of independence. In the Indonesian-occupied territory, Papuans braved arrest and police violence, because authorities treat raising the flag as…
The Leader of West Papuan Will Await Step of Jokowi

by Dea – West Papuan leaders have declared awaiting government, whilst Indonesia’s contested province, because the United Nations says it is “plagued by increased violence” there, including the alleged killing of a child by security forces. The province marks independence…
West Papua independence advocates pick head

ANNIVERSARY: The province’s breakaway movement nominated UK-based exile Benny Wenda as interim president as the region marked the anniversary of a 1961 date The Guardian West Papuan leaders have declared a provisional “government-in-waiting” of the contested Indonesian province, as the…