by Stefan Armbruster, Tess Newton Cain, DevPolicy “Save Tuvalu, save the world” sang school children as they greeted the Pacific’s leaders on arrival to what became a showdown pitting the region against Australia. This was no ambush, but had been…

Indonesia’s government says it’s working with the office of the UN Human Rights Commissioner to arrange access to West Papua. The Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, last week indicated her office had been unable to secure permission from Jakarta to visit Papua…

The funeral of the late Tongan prime minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva is taking place this morning in Nuku’alofa. Mr Pohiva died in Auckland last Thursday but has been lying-in-state at the St George Government Building over the past two nights. There…

uvalu’s Parliament has elected a new prime minister, ending the six-year premiership of Enele Sopoaga. Kausea Natano was this morning voted in by 10 of the country’s 16 MPs to form a new government. Mr Natano, a long-time MP from Funafuti,…

In a statement issued today, Secretary-General of West Papua Revolutionary Army (WPRA), one of the tree affiliate commands of West Papua Army (WPA), congratulates Kausea Natano as new PM of Tuvalu . The Secretary-General of WPRA, Amunggut Tabi, Gen. WPRA…

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…

Pacific leaders are paying tribute to the late Tongan prime minister, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, who died on Thursday. The 78-year-old died in an Auckland hospital having been evacuated from Tonga on Wednesday with pneumonia. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said…

Police in Indonesia say they have arrested the Papuan activist Steven Itlay and uncovered a plot to stage more riots.Massive protests flared across the Indonesian occupied Papua and West Papua provinces last month, in reaction to racist treatment of Papuan students. Demonstrators…

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…

Activists say Buchtar Tabuni, seen as a mastermind of recent protests, was forcibly taken into custody by armed troops A West Papuan independence group has accused the Indonesian police of “abducting” a leading West Papuan activist in a dramatic arrest…