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Category: Analysis

Salvaging Democracy for West Papuans in the Face of Australia-Indonesia Obstruction

The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 13, Issue. 45, No. 1, November 23, 2015 By Camellia Webb-Gannon Introduction This article argues that the democratic ideals espoused by...

End Access Restrictions to Papua

Jayapura, Jubi – Indonesian authorities continue to restrict access by foreign journalists and rights monitors to Indonesia’s easternmost provinces of Papua,...

Palm Oil’s New Frontier is the Vast Rainforest Covering the World’s Second-Largest Island

Jayapura, Jubi/Quartz -Think of New Guinea and images of hilly jungles, winding rivers, and isolated tribal cultures might come to mind. What probably doesn’t: palm...

Despite Military Crackdown in Papua & Other Rights Abuses, Obama Hosts Indonesian President in D.C

Jayapura, Jubi/DemocracyNow – On Monday, President Obama met Indonesia’s new president, Joko Widodo, at the White House to discuss climate change, trade and...

A Glimmer of Hope for West Papua?

By Maire Leadbeater Jayapura, Jubi – It is frustrating that serious human rights abuses in Indonesian-controlled West Papua continue to fly below the radar. This...

BP, Security and Human Rights in West Papua

By Kylie McKenna Jayapura, Jubi – BP is trialing new approaches to security at a major gas site in the Indonesian province. It provides an important opportunity...

Pacific Forum Leaders: Ready to Champion West Papua where the UN has Failed

By : Lealaiauloto Aigaletaulealea Tauafiafi In the 1960s, West Papuans were sacrificed in the name of Cold War politics – and the United Nations have done nothing...

Government Fails to Guarantee Religious Freedom, Rights Group Says

Yogyakarta, Jubi – The Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) deplored the incident in which a mosque was burned in Tolikara, Papua. The...

The Upside of Melanesian Leaders’ West Papua Compromise

By Gregory B. Poling Jayapura, Jubi – Ongoing troubles in the West Papua region, and the unwanted attention they have garnered, are a sore spot for Indonesian...

Anything Less than Defeat is a Victory

By Dan McGarry Jayapura, Jubi – Last week’s Solomonic decision by the Melanesian Spearhead Group to cut the baby in half and boost the membership status of both...

PNG Ignores West Papua at Its Own Peril

By Dr Jim Elmslie Honiara, Jubi – When considering the West Papuan application for MSG membership, Papua New Guinea should look closely at its own national...

As Melanesian, Fiji and PNG at Least is Unapologetic if Shameless

By Dan McGarry Jayapura, Jubi – No matter how we slice and dice the issue of West Papuan independence, it always comes down to this: Do the indigenous peoples of a...

Melanesia Stands at a Crossroads, Which Way?

By Yamin Kagoya (Yikwanak) Jayapura, Jubi – Melanesia Stands at a Crossroads, Which Way…? Indonesian, white man or Melanesian? The Indonesian way, the white...

Jokowi’s Second Presidential Visit to Papua : Reflection and Agenda for Dialogue

By Theo van den Broek  Jayapura, Jubi – Papuans have supported the election of Jokowi, who received about 70% of the vote in Papua. They expected that President...

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