Why Free West Papua is destined to fail? — Free West Papua

In the eyes of many, West Papua is internationally recognized as part of Indonesia. Background Most people in the world realize that the western half of New Guinea, the world’s second largest island is Indonesian territory. This resource-rich island is very famous for its forest and beautiful landscapes. West Papua is a tropical island with […]…

Restrictions for foreign journalists in Papua questioned

Source: Jakarta Post reported by Arya Dipa The Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), an international network of media assistance groups, is drawing attention to the Indonesian government’s policy to restrict foreign journalists from covering Papua. This concern is related to Indonesia’s appointment as the host country for World Press Freedom Day in 2017.

Magnitude-5.6 earthquake jolts Jayapura, Papua

Saturday, 17 September 2016 16:10 WIB | Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) – An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter Scale jolted Jayapura City, Papua Province, on Saturday at 8:20 a.m. local time. The quakes epicenter was located at 2.00 degree southern latitude and 140.66 degree eastern longitude, some 65 northwest of Jayapura, and at a…

Locals under threat from armed groups in Papua

Source: Jakarta Post | Friday, September 16 2016 Security is still a major concern in the country’s easternmost region with many civilian groups and security officers participating in fatal shootings. The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) said on Thursday that so long as criminals in Puncak Jaya, Puncak and Lanny Jaya possessed guns, security in…

Papuan students receive US scholarships

Originally published in Jakarta Post | Friday, September 16 2016 | 01:01 pm The American Indonesian Exchange Foundation (AMINEF) and PT Freeport Indonesia agreed on Thursday to provide scholarships for students from Papua and West Papua to study at community colleges in the US for two semesters through the Community College Initiative (CCI) program. Freeport…

Police, TNI, in pursuit of killer of teacher in Papua

Shocking news from Jakarta Post The National Police are stepping up the hunt for the gunman in a mysterious shooting that left a teacher dead in Mulia district, Puncak Jaya, Papua on Monday. “We’re paying [the case] special attention and our personnel remain on alert. There are at least three Mobile Brigade [Brimob] battalions deployed to…

Indonesian government to investigate Korean palm oil giant over burning in Papua

Some supporters of Free West Papua campaign have used the issues of Korindo’s palm oil plantation to defame Indonesia as if Indonesian government both local Papuan government and central government were responsible for the deforestation. In fact, the government of Indonesia according to the Ministry of Environment has sent a team to investigate the case. Please…

Preserving biodiversity for a prosperous Papua

This good news is reported by ANTARA News. If you want to know more about ICBE, please visit ICBE PAPUA The Agirway dancers of Papua performed the exquisite Ballads of Cendrawasih (Birds of Paradise) dance, marking the opening of an International Conference on Biodiversity, Eco-Tourism and Creative Economy (ICBE), and showcasing Papuas famed biodiversity. Indonesias easternmost…