Food estate project may turn Papua into forest fire hotbed

by Hans Nicholas Jong, The Jakarta Post, October 30 2015

While the annual land and forest fires usually occurr in Sumatra and Kalimantan, a large agricultural project in Merauke, Papua, could turn the eastern part of Indonesia into a new hotbed of fires in the archipelago.


The young Papuans risking life and limb in the name of resistance

By Neles Tebay

This year has seen a new development in the Papuan struggle. The resistance against Indonesia's rule over the territory of the western half of New Guinea is no longer led by the old guard of Papuans who had experienced Dutch colonial rule and had witnessed the 1969 Act of Free Choice that resulted in Papua's integration into the Republic of Indonesia.


Tell Obama to Support Human Rights in West Papua

Our friends from ETAN have created an online petition addressed to US president Barack Obama, who will meet with Indonesian president Joko Widodo on October 26th 2015.

In the petition, ETAN urges Obama to support an end to human rights violations in the provinces of Papua and West Papua.


Papua now on Pacific radar

By Neles Tebay, published in The Jakarta Post on September 29th 2015

The conflict between the government and indigenous Papuans, particularly those Papuans involved with the Free Papua Movement (OPM), has long been considered an Indonesian domestic affair. The government has rejected the involvement of any foreign parties in the settlement of issues faced in Papua.


Haze crisis spreads with hot spots found in Papua

Apriadi Gunawan and Nethy Darma Somba, The Jakarta Post, October 18th 2015

The intensity of smoke produced by peatland and forest fires has remained at alarming levels in many parts of the country, reaching as far as Papua, which usually does not suffer from forest fires.


Papuan church leaders respond to Tolikara incident

Statement by Church Leaders

(Synod of GKI in the Land of Papua, KINGMI Synod, Body of United
Communion of Baptis Churches in Papua)

Responding to the latest incident in Tolikara on July 17, 2015, leading to a shooting against civilians and the burning of small stores, herewith we declare as follows:


Pacific Island Forum To Seek Fact-Finding Mission to West Papua

The September Pacific Island Forum gathering of regional leaders agreed to send a fact-finding mission to West Papua. The decision reflects growing regional concern about the plight of Papuans who have suffered grievously since the annexation by Indonesia five decades ago.


West Papua MSG Observer - Indonesia's status elevated

The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) has given the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) observer status as a "development partner representing the welfare of Melanesian people living outside."


France urged to comply with UN decolonisation process

The Solomon Islands prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has called on France to implement the decolonisation process for French Polynesia approved by the United Nations two years ago.


AI Urgent Action: Papuan activists detained and charged

Seven Papuan political activists have been detained as a result of their peaceful political activities. They have been charged with 'incitement' and could face up to six years imprisonment.


More Articles...

  1. AI Statement: End mass arbitrary arrests of peaceful protesters in Papua
  2. Government unwilling to genuinely protect freedom of expression
  3. May 2015: While Jokowi releases five, nearly 500 are arrested
  4. Papuan journalist arrested as world calls for Papua press freedom
  5. ICP Brussels Appeal 2015
  6. Open Letter: Promoting human rights, peace and democracy in Indonesia
  7. Jokowi in Papua
  8. „Tanah Mama“ – The struggle of a mother in Papua
  9. No new Regions in Papua for now
  10. AI: Investigate security forces’ use of lethal force against Papuans in Paniai
  11. HRW: Security Forces Kill Five in Papua
  12. WPAT/ETAN West Papua Report December 2014
  13. KNPB remain most targeted Papuan civil society group
  14. Urgent Appeal: Extrajudicial and summary execution of five Indigenous Papuans by Indonesian National Army
  15. UN OHCHR: Papua killings press briefing
  16. Launching of Filep Karma’s book ‘As if We’re half Half Animals.’
  17. Not a mere case of bad apples: Acts of state terrorism
  18. New Report on Yotefa Market Incident
  19. JFCC : Statement on Access to Papua, Detention of Journalists
  20. AI Urgent Action: Human Rights lawyer attacked
  21. 18 Houses Burnt Down - Police Fails to Prosecute Perpetrators
  22. Civilian Shot by Police during Tribal Conflict
  23. Statements on Papua Delivered before Human Rights Council
  24. Military Members Stab Two Brothers
  25. Papuan Shot because of Road Block
  26. Police Initiate Investigation against Prominent Papuan Human Rights Lawyer
  27. Attempted Criminalization of Papuan Human Rights Lawyer by Law Enforcement Authorities
  28. French Journalists and Indigenous Leader at Risk of Prosecution in Papua
  29. Human rights Defender Called for Questioning
  30. Activists Arrested for Peaceful Boycott


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