Papua is already free, rights protected

  Old article on Papua by Indonesian diplomat Sade Bimantara from Jakarta Post published on Monday, May 9 2016   Reading the stories and claims put forward by a group calling itself the United Liberation Movement for West Papua ( ULMWP ) is like reading a piece of fiction. There are so many mistakes and outrageous claims by…

Free West Papua Movement vs Progressive Developments in Papua

The following article is taken from Antara News by Ahmad Sabir*) originally published in April 2016. The writer illustrates the competing narratives between separatist Free West Papua Movement and Indonesia’s democratic progressive developments. In one side, Free West Papua gives empty hope and zero effort in helping West Papuan to improve their social and economic conditions.…

The first person who introduce Indonesian nationalism in Papua

Soegoro Atmoprasodjo successfully instilled Indonesian nationalism in his students in Papua. However, he failed in the uprising against the Dutch. Martin Sitompul – Historia.id (translated by Papua Update) MARCUS Kaisiepo, a student of the Civil Service School in Kota Nica (now Kampung Harapan in Jayapura), heard the news of the proclamation of independence of Indonesia from…

Chairman of Papua Provincial Parliament (DPRP) Yunus Wonda invites young Papuan generation to increase the spirit of Indonesian nationalism

Jayapura (free translation from facta-news.com ). By Markus Adii Indigenous Papuan, Yunus Wonda is the best son of Indonesia from Puncak Jaya , Papua, who became the chairman of DPRP. He feels very moved and proud as the reader of Indonesian proclamation text at the 71th anniversary of Indonesian independence in Mandala field Jayapura with Governor of Papua, Lukas Enembe…

Why Pacific Island countries are very important for Indonesia

This article is inspired by article in Solomon Star, 15 July 2016. I am flabbergasted reading Mr Alfred Sasako article, which I interpret cleverly illustrates the West Papua issue within Indonesia – Solomon Islands relations. Indonesia’s authoritarian New Order for many years had not even blinked its eyes to build a strong relation with Pacific Island countries. Bilateral and multilateral relations with…

On Pro-Indonesia Papuan

The demonstration Of pro-Indonesia Papuan organisation called Barisan Merah Putih – BMP (Red and White Coalition) and Barisan Rakyat Pembela NKRI – BARA NKRI (Indonesia Defenders People’s Front) in May, June and July 2016 have attracted thousands people both Papuans and non-Papuan who used to be silent in responding to the small separatist group in Papua and…

THE ASMAT: Papua’s famed Woodcarvers

The wide south-east swath of land of the Indonesian part of the island of Papua comprises flat plains overgrown with mangrove forests serrated by many rivers. These plains lie so low that at high tide during the rainy season, seawater penetrates some two kilometers inland and flows back out to two km to sea at…

Defending West Papua in Europe

Amsterdam, 27 August 2012 More than 10 years after the implementation of special autonomy, the pros and cons on the issue of Papua and West Papua continues, particularly in relation to political issues of independence versus integration. In order to explain the objective situation in Papua and West Papua, a group of Papuan traditional leaders…