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Harsh Indonesian Rule of Papuan Political Prisoners

The Papuans Behind Bars website, which is supported by a range of human rights NGOs internationally as well as in Jakarta, displays the images and profiles of several of the at least 40 political detainees being held ...

Annihilation of Indigenous West Papuans: A Challenge and A Hope

This article will present a challenge to all who have a heart for and who are working without reward to save the ethnic people of West Papua which are now heading towards annihilation. ...

PNG Takes Regional Lead In Supporting West Papua Freedom Campaign

Ordinary people in this part of the Pacific are painfully aware that the West Papuan people continue to live under the gun. It is the politicians in Melanesia who have been slow to take up the cause. But that may be ...

Benny Wenda at the ‘Free West Papua’ Concert in Port Moresby, PNG

The West Papua struggle is a difficult one and what outcome will emerge in the years to come is still hard to see. A lot of thoughts crossed my mind on Wednesday night when I attended the Benny Wenda/Free West Papua ...

West Papua: Indonesia Uses Soldier Deaths to Escalate Conflict

Eight Indonesian soldiers were killed on February 21 in West Papua. The attacks were claimed by the armed wing of the Free Papua Movement (TPN-OPM). The attacks came after a series of violent crackdowns by Indonesian ...

PNG-made: The development of Melanesian law

The situation today is that most of the legal principles governing PNG have been borrowed from England and Australia. That is good to some extent but most of our problems are Melanesian in nature, so English common l ...

Rohingya: A Community in Exodus

In our land, mothers and children are safe. And they haven’t heard of boat people. People in the Rohingya community in west Myanmar are denied citizenship where they live. Even though they’ve been born ...

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Land and Sea- Lake Eyre to West Papua

A short, poetic, and quite moving film expressing the solidarity of Melanesian peoples across national boundaries. Featuring Kevin Buzzacott, Jacob Rumbiak, Emily Wainggai and Ronny Kareni. ...

Growing International Solidarity for West Papua Freedom Campaigns

It is likely that most US citizens who consider themselves informed about global events are aware of the genocides in Rwanda, Bosnia and East Timor, yet it’s likely that few people in the US are aware of the o ...

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 seces ...

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, Th ...

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A Music Video Tribute for Assassinated Papuan Leader Kelly Kwalik

Kelly Kwalik was a West Papuan freedom fighter. He was assassinated by Indonesian police on December 16th, 2009. He waged a resistance movement from the jungles against the Indonesian military and American mining gia ...

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 ...

Arming the Illegal Occupation of West Papua

Despite glaring human rights concerns, western nations are lining up to feed the Indonesian military's (TNI) thirst for blood in West Papua. While the TNI engages in ethnic cleansing "sweeps" in remote areas of West ...

‘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 ...

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Land of the Morning Star – West Papua documentary (full version)

Made by Australian journalist Mark Worth, the film features rare archival film and eyewitness accounts. Worth spent much of his journalistic career reporting on the region before his sudden death in a hotel room in J ...

Indonesian Police’s Pot of Gold in Papua

Back in the New Order days, soldiers were often used to enforce land grabs by former president Suharto's grasping family members and his circle of business cronies across many parts of the country. The police and 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 ...

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 ...