From Dateline Pacific, RNZ Despite ongoing harassment and arrests, civil society groups in West Papua have been working to consult with indigenous people on an issue regarding the region’s political future. Indonesia’s government is seeking to extend the Papuan provinces’ Special Autonomy…

An 18-year-old resident of Asiki district in Bovel Digoel regency, Papua, reportedly died after being tortured by Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel stationed in the region. Identified as Oktovianus Warip Betere, the young man was accused of stealing from a kiosk at a…

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…

Catholic priests in West Papua have appealed for reconciliation and dialogue to address ongoing armed violence in their region. A statement has been issued by 147 priests from across the Indonesian-administered provinces of West Papua and Papua. The priests acknowledge…

Johnny Blades, RNZ Pacific Journalist, johnny.blades@rnz.co.nz Catholic priests in West Papua have appealed for reconciliation and dialogue to address ongoing armed violence in their region. A statement has been issued by 147 priests from across the Indonesian-administered provinces of West Papua and…

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…