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Indonesia To Build Unmanned Drone Squadron In 2013

Indonesia's Minister for Research and Technology, Gusti Muhammad Hatta said the country will build an unmanned drone squadron in 2013 for special missions and national defence, Indonesia's Antara reported. ...

Burma’s Airstrike On Democracy

“The fighting has intensified right now… We heard the sound of armaments and explosions three times last night… When we visited the refugee camps, the refugees’ faces reflect suffering, anxiety, and concern. ...

West Papuan Refugees Hope for PNG Citizenship

Between 1984 and 1986, more than 11,000 West Papuans fled east into PNG from the western, Indonesian half of New Guinea Island to escape political turmoil and economic discontent; the area’s longstanding secessioni ...

Australian-Trained Indonesian Forces Kill More, Arrest More West Papuan Activists

Australian-Trained Indonesian Forces Kill More, Arrest More West Papuan Activists

“This year, so far, 22 West Papua National Committee (KNPB) members have been killed; three are missing; seven have been charged with various offences, as tensions linger.” – Michael Bachelard, The Age ...

Body Count: Children Killed in Thailand’s South

In October this year, an 11-year old boy was killed along with his father when militants shot at them. They were in a pickup truck, driving in Thailand’s province, Yala. This is not the first assault on childre ...

Mines of Monywa- what are the limits of Burma’s reform?

Originally published on The Activist Over recent weeks, events around the Letpadaung copper mine near Monywa have sent shockwaves through Burma’s fragile reform process. For months local people including Buddhist m ...

Expert Warns of Rohingya Genocide

According to Prof. Schabas, one of the foremost experts on international criminal law: “We’re moving into a zone where the word can be used (in the case of the Rohingya). When you see measures preventing births, ...

West Papua Tribal Leader Tells World About Injustice in Homeland

Tribal Leader Benny Wenda is on a mission around the Caribbean to sensitize the region about the modern day colonialism in the country of West Papua, a province of Indonesia covering the western peninsula of the isla ...

West Papua: Remembering 51 years of oppression

Dusk is falling across Melbourne and West Papua, but not over the dreams of the Papuan people. Today, remembering 51 years of oppression having been denied the right to self-determination, the West Papuan people gath ...

KNPB Leader Victor Yeimo Among Arrests on Dec 1 FlagRaising Day (Update)

Indonesian security forces have arrested several people, including Victor Yeimo, the Chairman of the West Papua National Committee, in West Papua today as demonstrations were held to commemorate the 51st anniversary ...

‘West Papua can win’, exiled activists say

British oil giant BP has signed a deal with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for a $12 billion expansion of the Tangguh liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in occupied West Papua. The deal is typical of ...

Extremely High Infant Mortality in West Papua Result of Discrimination

The Indonesian government has not taken sufficient steps to improve the dire situation, which has led to the appalling infant mortality rate of 18,4% among rural Papuans. Health centers are often vacant or even aband ...

Brutal attacks and assassinations continue in West Papua crackdown

Search and arrest operations, raids and killings have been undertaken continuously by the Indonesian Special forces in an effort to eradicate the peaceful resistance movement led by the KNPB. Will the world stand qui ...

The Tyrant Who Came To Tea – Yudhoyono In The UK

Buckingham Palace has played host to some pretty unscrupulous characters over the years including Vladimir Putin, Hu Jintao and even Robert Mugabe. This week the odorous list is extended to include Indonesian Preside ...

Blood and Gold: Inside Burma’s Hidden War

So far, more than 75,000 ethnic Kachin civilians have been driven from their ancestral lands. Human rights groups allege the Burmese army is intentionally attacking civilian areas, with wide-spread evidence of tortur ...

West Papua: Activist Tortured, Disappeared Amid Round-up of Non-Violent Activists

Reports have been received from human rights investigators detailing a torture incident that occurred in Serui on October 17, 2012, under the command of notorious Serui Police Chief Roycke Harry Langie. Arrests occur ...

Police Forcibly Prevent Commemoration of 3rd Papuan Congress Brutality, Ban Free Speech

Indonesian Brimob Riot Police have forcibly broken up attempts to hold a memorial commemoration at the graveside of slain independence hero Theys Eluay today, where a prayer service was planned in remembrance of the ...

Dialogue and Spin: Genocide on Australia’s doorstep, the West Papuan Story

July of 1969 was a big month. Whilst the ‘civilized’ world was focused on the deployment of three men to the moon, Indonesia was finalizing steps to wrest control of the territory of West Papua from the United Na ...

The War on Terror and Democracy’s Faustian Bargain

Unfortunately for Western democracy, Mephistopheles and his minions have finally grasped what is important in the 21st Century – national security, border control and injustice. These are what the denizens of the W ...

Indonesia Amps Up Campaign of Terror Against The People of West Papua

After almost 50 years of Indonesian rule, the reins of control are being pulled tighter than ever, with human rights groups saying the frequency and ferocity of abuse is on the rise. ...