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…

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…

At least one Indonesian soldier and six civilians have been reportedly killed in the restive region. Up to six protesters and one soldier have been killed in clashes across the restive West Papua and Papua provinces, although protesters and police dispute how…

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 ten days has seen…

Indonesian President Joko Widodo says he’s willing to meet West Papua leaders this week to discuss their demands for an independence referendum. The offer comes as protests in West Papua enter a second week, with calls for the United Nations…

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…

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…

A police spokesperson said the death came during a gunfire exchange in Wamena on Friday, which also injured an officer and a civilian. Meanwhile, two people were arrested for looting in Manokwari, the provincial capital where the parliament building was…