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…

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…

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has told media he is prepared to meet West Papuan pro-independence groups to discuss problems in Papua. Viva News reports that President Widodo, known as Jokowi, indicated he was willing to meet anyone to discuss important issues in…

The United Liberation Movement speaks with one voice and with one clear message. “We demand the freedom of our people and nation from colonial rule is delivered to us through a genuine act of self-determination, in the form of an internationally…

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua supports the idea of dialogue with Indonesia as long as it is mediated internationally, the movement’s secretary says. Indonesia’s government of Joko Widodo has recently made overtures to West Papuan customary and civil…

THE West Papuan community in Papua New Guinea is calling on Prime Minister Peter O’Neill as the new chairman of the Melanesian Spearhead Group to start dialogue on independence for West Papua. PNG Melanesian Good Governance Organisation’s Steven Andambo, Fred…