What’s at stake in West Papua

Dr Mark Busse and Sophie Faber examine West Papua‘s history to see what’s at stake politically and economically in the current unrest West Papua has been in the media more than usual over the last six months, with stories about…
Why there’s unrest in the Indonesian province of Papua

Unrest is nothing new in the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua, just 500 kilometres to our north, but recent protests have erupted on a huge scale. What do Papuans want? And are they likely to get it? By James…
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…
Thousands of Papuans occupy governor’s office after rioting

Mackenzie SmithMackSmithNZmackenzie.smith@rnz.co.nz Thousands of Papuans in Indonesia are occupying the governor’s office, a protest organiser says, after several government buildings were torched in the provincial capital Jayapura on Thursday. Security forces struggling to maintain stability during widespread protests across Papua…
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 10 days have seen…
Churches condemn Indonesia

STATEMENT ON RECENT “INSTITUTIONAL RACISM” TOWARDS WEST PAPUANS August 22, 2019 PORT MORESBY The Pacific Conference of Churches, with the Papua New Guinea Council of Churches, strongly condemns the institutional racism against the indigenous people of West (Tanah) Papua that…
More protests in Papuan regencies

West Papuans continue to mobilise to protest against racism, with rallies being held today in several regencies of Papua. Large protests kicked off in the Indonesia-ruled region last week in response to harassment of Papuan students in Javanese cities. Despite…
Indonesia deploys extra security forces as protests spread

Indonesian security forces have deployed extra personnel to man the streets of Papuan cities and towns in a bid to control ongoing protests. arge protests have spread through the Indonesia-ruled Papuan provinces this week in response to racist harassment of Papuans in…
Riots in West Papua: why Indonesia needs to answer for its broken promises

Last weekend, the Indonesian police took 43 West Papuan students into custody for allegedly disrespecting the Indonesian flag during an independence day celebration (an allegation the students deny). Police stormed the students’ dorm and used teargas to force them out, while bystanders…