Give peace a chance in Papua

When a conflict happens, an outsider’s view of the dispute and how to solve it tends to be free from any bias. This should be the case with the protracted scuffle in Papua between the central government, which persistently maintains…

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…

A guerilla force waging war for independence in West Papua has revealed it’s been buying weapons from Indonesia’s military. The West Papua Liberation Army has been embroiled in intensified conflict with Indonesian security forces in the highlands interior of Papua…

An Indonesian lawyer says police have arrested dozens of West Papuan independence activists in Jayapura. Demonstrators took to the streets in several Papuan cities on Thursday in support of their cause being raised at this week’s Pacific Islands Forum leaders…

Indonesia’s military says three of its soldiers were killed by West Papua Liberation Army fighters on Thursday, with up to 10 rebels dying in the gunfire exchange. It’s the latest bout of violence to strike the troubled Highlands regency of…

Jayapura, Jubi – Kontak tembak antara Kelompok Tentara Pembebasan Nasional Papua Barat (TPNPB) dengan anggota Brimob yang tergabung dalam Satgas Nemangkawi di Mugi, Kabupaten Nduga , Rabu (20/3/2019), menewaskan satu anggota dan dua lainnya luka berat . Insiden yang terjadi sekitar…

A Papuan academic says Indonesia’s approach to development in his homeland shows a lack of understanding about Melanesian culture. Australia-based anthropologist Yamin Kogoya said there is too much emphasise on ramming the Indonesian state ideology down Papuans’ throats. Indonesia’s president…

A new US government report has found West Papuans continue to face violence, politically-motivated detentions and threats in Indonesia. The findings were part of a State Department review of Indonesia’s human rights conduct last year. The report, released on Wednesday,…