Vanuatu and Solomons raise Papua at UN rights council

Vanuatu and Solomon Islands have raised the issue of human rights abuses against West Papuans at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The two governments made a statement which also noted that Indonesia had not yet given access to…
Spikes of Violence: Protest in West Papua

SEPTEMBER 12, 2019, Source: https://www.counterpunch.org/ by BINOY KAMPMARK Like Timor-Leste, West Papua, commonly subsuming both Papua and West Papua, remains a separate ethnic entity, acknowledged as such by previous colonial powers. Its Dutch colonial masters, in preparing to leave the region…
Indonesia: Investigate Deaths of Papuan Protesters

REPORT from Human Rights WatchPublished on 07 Sep 2019 —View Original Allow Access to UN, Foreign Journalists, Rights Monitors (Sydney) – Indonesian authorities should impartially investigate the deaths of at least 10 Papuans during recent unrest in the easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua,…
NZ ‘deeply concerned’ by West Papua violence

New Zealand’s government says it’s “deeply concerned” by recent violence in Indonesia’s West Papua during protests which have rocked the country. At least 10 people have been killed in separate clashes between Papuan demonstrators, security forces and vigilante mobs. Dozens…
UN rights chief unable to secure West Papua visit

The UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet says her office has so far been unable to secure a trip to Indonesia’s West Papua. In January, Indonesia agreed in principle to allow a visit by the rights chief, but this has…
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…
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…
West Papua issue internal: Eoe

September 5, 2019, The NationalNational  FOREIGN Affairs and International Trade Minister Soroi Eoe says the current uprising in West Papua is an “internal Indonesia issue”. Eoe told Parliament yesterday that it “did not matter how everyone felt” the issue was…