The British government is encouraging Indonesia to allow access to West Papua for the UN human rights chief’s office. It’s part of the UK’s support for a recent Pacific Islands Forum resolution. A Union Flag against the backdrop of British…

The UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet says her office has so far been unable to secure a trip to Indonesia’s West Papua. In January, Indonesia agreed in principle to allow a visit by the rights chief, but this has…

The Vanuatu Association of NGOs, or VANGO, has petitioned the government to issue a report to the Melanesian Spearhead Group on West Papua issues. VANGO wants the government to report on the outcome of the recent Pacific Island Forum summit…

Radio NZ International – The Pacific Conference of Churches says it is unimpressed by comments made by Indonesian officials at the recent Pacific Island Forum Leaders’ Summit in Apia.   The General Secretary, Reverend Francois Pihaatae, said a protest that took place…

Radio NZ International – The Pacific Conference of Churches says it is unimpressed by comments made by Indonesian officials at the recent Pacific Island Forum Leaders’ Summit in Apia.   The General Secretary, Reverend Francois Pihaatae, said a protest that took place…

Radio NZ International – There’s more fallout from a confrontation between media and Indonesian officials at the Pacific Island Forum Leaders summit in Samoa’s capital last week after the topic of West Papua was brought up.   A protest supporting…

Redui BZ International – A confrontation between media and Indonesian officials in Samoa last week has highlighted the depth of feelings in the region about West Papua.   Pacific Islanders are increasingly speaking out over their concern about reports of…

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister says Pacific leaders are determined to develop the economic potential of each of their island countries. Gerry Brownlee made this comment after attending the Pacific Islands Forum leaders summit in Apia, where he was standing in…

Radion NZ )nternationa – Indonesia’s Ambassador to Samoa, Tonga and New Zealand, Tantowi Yahya, says protesters supporting West Papua independence should have sought a government permit of approval to stage the action.   At least 30 local people supporting the West…

Demonstrators are staging another protest this afternoon outside the Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Apia, in support of West Papuan independence. Police disbanded about thirty protestors demonstrating outside the meeting venue in Samoa’s capital this morning. The protest organiser Jerome…