Amnesty International is calling on Indonesia to drop treason charges against six West Papuan activists. Their arrests came during a wave of anti-racism protests and pro-independence demonstrations by Papuans which have rocked Indonesia for the past two weeks. The activists…

Johnny Blades, RNZ Pacific Journalistjohnny.blades@rnz.co.nz Indonesian civilian militia groups are stoking tensions in West Papuan towns and cities after widespread protests across the region in the past two weeks. The protests were sparked by racist harassment of West Papuan students in…

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…

Johnny Blades, RNZ Pacific Journalistjohnny.blades@rnz.co.nz Indonesian civilian militia groups are stoking tensions in West Papuan towns and cities after widespread protests across the region in the past two weeks. The protests were sparked by racist harassment of West Papuan students in…

Jamie Tahana, RNZ Pacific Journalist@JamieTahanajamie.tahana@rnz.co.nz As thousands of Papuans took to the streets for a second week of mass demonstrations, Pacific leaders have conceded that, to date, their stance on West Papua has achieved little. The last 10 days have seen…

STATEMENT ON RECENT “INSTITUTIONAL RACISM” TOWARDS WEST PAPUANS August 22, 2019 PORT MORESBY The Pacific Conference of Churches, with the Papua New Guinea Council of Churches, strongly condemns the institutional racism against the indigenous people of West (Tanah) Papua that…

Last weekend, the Indonesian police took 43 West Papuan students into custody for allegedly disrespecting the Indonesian flag during an independence day celebration (an allegation the students deny). Police stormed the students’ dorm and used teargas to force them out, while bystanders…

News DeskThe Jakarta Post The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) has called once again for the United Nations to visit Papua and West Papua following the racial abuse that sparked widespread protests in the country’s easternmost regions.  Previously, Pacific countries of…

Agence-France Presse19 August 2019< Source YAHOO.com Riots broke out and a local parliament building was torched in Indonesia’s restive Papua region on Monday, as thousands protested against the weekend detention of dozens of Papuan students. Demonstrators took to the streets…