West Papua-report nr. 119 - maart 2014
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vrijdag 07 maart 2014 06:58

hieronder nr. 119 van de maandelijkse WPAT-rapportage inzake Papua van de maand maart 2014.

Met  de nodige bemerkingen op het onlangs verschenen U.S. Department of State rapport over Indonesië
en de laatste ontwikkelingen in Papua en West Papua.

The Report leads with "Perspective," an analysis piece; followed by "Update," a summary of some developments during the covered period; and then "Chronicle" which includes analyses, statements, new resources, appeals and action alerts related to West Papua. Anyone interested in contributing a "Perspective" or responding to one should write toedmcw @msn.com. The opinions expressed in Perspectives are the author's and not necessarily those of WPAT or ETAN. For additional news on West Papua see the reg.westpapua listserv archive or on Twitter.

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Include Papuans in policy-making
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maandag 27 januari 2014 08:00


Neles Tebay, Lecturer, Fajar Timur School of Philosophy and Theology, Jayapura | Review and Outlook | Mon, January 27 2014, 2:11 PM


Papua, which is the western half of the island of New Guinea, was incorporated into the Republic of Indonesia in 1963. Despite the development activities conducted by the government in Papua for five decades, the facts on the ground demonstrate that Indonesian nationalism has not taken root in the hearts of indigenous Papuans.

One can easily identify the signs indicating the lack of Indonesian nationalism among Papuans. Some Papuans still associate themselves with the Free Papua Movement (OPM). They do not call themselves Indonesians. They consider the Indonesian government a colonizer and their ancestral land of Papua occupied territory. They have been resisting the government up to the present day.

As of today, Papuan resistance is manifested through a call for a referendum raised mostly by young Papuans born in the 1980s, the annual celebration of the OPM’s day of independence on Dec. 1 and the killing of Indonesian police and military personnel by the OPM’s armed wing, the Papua Liberation Army Front (TPN). The raising of the OPM’s Morning Star flag constitutes another symbol of resistance.

All these signs indicate not only a lack of Indonesian nationalism but also the absence of lasting peace in Papua. They are reflections of Papua’s unsettled conflict.

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Violence against journalists on the increase: AJI Papua
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zondag 22 december 2013 12:21



The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Papua says violence against journalists doubled in 2013 from the previous year.

AJI Papua chairman Victor Mambor said in Jayapura on Sunday that the trend of this year’s violence against journalists’ was similar to that which had happened in the period of 2010-2012.

“Police officers appear to have been responsible for a large part of the violence against journalists,” said Victor as quoted by Antara news agency.

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