Jakarta slams Solomons and Vanuatu over human rights

Indonesia has strongly rejected statements about West Papua by Vanuatu and Solomon Islands at the UN Human Rights Council session last week. Delegates of the two Pacific Islands’ countries accused Indonesia of failing to prevent ongoing human rights abuses against West Papuans. But Indonesia’s delegate at the session, Michael Tene, said Vanuatu and Solomon Islands’ statements showed a lack of […]

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UPNG students clash with Uniforce officers, cars torched and library stoned

Students from the University of Papua New Guinea reportedly clashed with Uniforce Security Service guards today, leading to three cars being torched and the Michael Somare Library being stoned. Several security officers were injured in the clash on the Waigani campus that students blamed on provocation. The clash was sparked when security officers tried to stop the students having a […]

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Solomon Islands, Vanuatu condemn Papuan rights violations at UN hearing

The Solomon Islands and Vanuatu have condemned the “unresolved” human rights violations in West Papua by Indonesian security forces, saying they have continued in spite of President Joko Widodo’s greater attention to the region. Both countries say the agreed future visit by the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression to Indonesia should also include West Papua. The Vanuatu statement […]

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UN and Jakarta focus on Papua rights abuses

Solomon Islands’ diplomat in Geneva has told the UN Human Rights Council’s 32nd session about an eroding human rights situation in Indonesia’s Papua region. Barrett Salato told the session that whilst his country welcomes increased attention on West Papua from Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo, violations of Papuans’ rights remain unresolved. Mr Salato said his government received regular reports from Papua […]

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Film explores underwater beauty of West Papua in virtual reality

Conservation International (CI) Indonesia launched a virtual reality film focused on the Bird’s Head Seascape in West Papua on Monday. Valen’s Reef follows Ronald Mambrasar, a local fisherman-turned-scientist from CI Indonesia in his journey to protect the Bird’s Head Seascape. CI Indonesia has been working in the West Papua region since 2004 to protect species like sharks, manta rays, whales […]

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