Papua

Coalition compares plan to divide Papua to Dutch colonial model

The Coalition's Cahyo Pamungkas said the move would cause mistrust among the Papuan people and prove counter-productive.

He said it was being done in order to continue exploiting natural resources and controlling the land of Papua.

"This top-down decentralisation which is being done arbitrarily by the central government is like repeating the model of Dutch power in order to continue exploiting natural resources and controlling the land of Papua", said Pamungkas in a statement.

Surge in Papua violence prompts stronger stand from Pacific leaders

The last 10 days have seen some of the largest public mobilisations in Indonesia's easternmost regions for years, with tens of thousands taking to the streets across Papua and West Papua provinces.

Dozens have been arrested and there has been rioting in some areas, with the Parliament building in Manokwari razed. More than 1000 police and military personnel have been deployed to bolster an already significant military presence in the region.

Three dead after shooting at a Papua airport

The gunmen had targeted a light plane transporting paramilitary police.

An army spokesman said three civilians were killed and two people, including the pilot, were injured in the attack, which occurred after the plane landed at Kenyam airport in remote Nduga district.

The dead civilians were migrant traders from South Sulawesi province, including a husband and wife, who were shot and stabbed as the attackers fled the airport.

Papuans of Indonesia donate assistance to PNG quake victims

The magnitude 7.5 quake in Hela province on 26 February claimed at least 150 lives and caused widespread devastation in several PNG provinces.

The quake was also felt in various parts of Indonesia’s eastern most province, particularly in the area around the border with PNG.

Over five tonnes of food and clothing assistance for PNG's quake-affected communities were this week handed over to PNG by the Papua Language Institute.

Since early March, the Institute has been collecting donations from Papuans on the Indonesian side of the border.

BBC journalists banned from reporting on Papua outbreaks

The ban was imposed after officials took exception at tweets posted by one of them.

A journalist Rebecca Henschke was told to leave Papua after she posted a picture, showing boxes of food and drinks on a dock, captioned "This is the aid coming in for severely malnourished children in Papua- instant noodles, super sweet soft drinks and biscuits."

Indonesian teams scramble to attend Papua measles outbreak

In the past few months, around sixty children have died from the disease in the remote district where malnutrition cases are also soaring.

Since reports of the extent of outbreak filtered out of Papua earlier this month, Indonesia's government has moved quickly to attend to the situation, but is copping criticism for neglecting the health of Papuans over many years.

Papua's police commander, Boy Rafli Amar last week said the number affected by malnutrition had surpassed 10,000, which was exacerbating the measles problem.

Russia and Indonesia hold military exercise in Papua

The Jakarta Post reported two Ilyushin-76 strategic airlifters brought 81 personnel to Frans Kaisiepo Airport in Biak regency.

A Biak Airport spokesperson Putukade Wempy said the military personnel, who would be in Biak until Saturday, would only be in Biak.

The paper reported that two Tupolev TU-95 bombers were also coming, taking total personnel to 110.

Indonesia looks to resolve Papua human rights cases

According to RNZI, he said President Joko Widodo passed an order to settle the cases as soon as possible.

Mr Padjaitan said the government will reopen all cases and will ask the Human Rights Commission and Papua community leaders to contribute to finding a solution openly.

MSG Chair calls for Forum mission to Papua

The Solomon Islands prime minister made the call as he welcomed what he described as Indonesia's change of strategy on West Papua and its approach towards West Papuan separatists.

Extra police sent to Papua

Tabloid Jubi reports that about 150 police personnel were deployed to hunt for the perpetrators of the attack on the Sinak Police Headquarters.

The Papua Police Chief, General Paulus Waterpauw has indicated that police believe they know who the suspects are and have homed in on their communities, searching also for stolen ammunition.