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…

Hillary Rodham Clinton remarks on West Papua and Papua Provinces

Hillary Rodham Clinton US Secretary of State Ayodhya Hotel, Bali, Indonesia, July 24, 2011 With respect to Papua, the United States supports the territorial integrity of Indonesia, which includes the Papua and West Papua provinces. We, of course, believe in open dialogue between Papuan representatives and the Indonesian Government to address grievances and support development.…

The Role of the UN Secretary-General’s Representative in Resolving the Dispute over West Papua

The UN Secretary-General’s Representative, Ambassador Fernando Ortiz-Sanz ,acknowledged early on that he “. . .was not given any political or administrative authority, not even a supervisory function”. Rather, his role was to “advise, assist and participate in arrangements which are the responsibility of Indonesia for the act of free choice, having in mind the interests…

Revisiting History and the Special Autonomy for Papua

Wednesday, 30 March 2011 by Agus Sumule Introduction First of all, I would like to thank the symposium organizer for inviting me to speak in this special occasion.  Indeed the issue of the political history of Papua is an important one, which requires proper attention of the concerned and related parties.  I hope that what…

The New York Agreement: Legal Basis to Restore West Papua Into the Republic of Indonesia

As far as Indonesia was concerned, West Papua was legally and constitutionally a part of the Netherlands East Indies. It is also an indisputable fact that the core of the Indonesian freedom struggle during the years 1945-1949 was independence for all of its people on the entire Indonesian archipelago comprising all of its islands. Proceeding…

Prehistoric Village Found in Jayapura

Amazing finding in West Papua, Indonesia  (translated from Kompas.Com) Editor: Benny N Joewono Thursday, 3 March 2011 | 22:17 WIB JAYAPURA, KOMPAS.com — Research team of Jayapura Archaeological Foundation has discovered a prehistoric settlement on Yomokho hill, Kampung Harapan, Eastern District of Sentani, Jayapura. Research leader, Hari Suroto, in Jayapura on Thursday (03/03/2011), said the…

The Political Status of West Papua

The people of Indonesia had realised their right to self-determination after a long struggle against colonial ruler when they proclaimed their independence on 17 August 1945, which lead to the establishment of a free and independent Republic of Indonesia, covering the whole territory of the former Netherlands East Indies. Such a right, however, was challenged…