New church report alleges ‘slow motion genocide’ in West Papua

Allegations of recent Indonesian military and police intimidation, beatings and torture, kidnapping and murder in West Papua, have been documented in a new report. The Catholic report says Muslims are being radicalised in the once predominantly Christian Papuan provinces, and very active militias are burning down Papuan houses. The report was compiled by the Brisbane Catholic Justice and Peace Commission’s […]

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Is the Pacific’s Solidarity for Papua on the Rise?

RECENTLY during a public forum on the issue of Papua organised by the Indonesian government think-tank (LIPI) in January 2016, we were drawn to the attention of the Pacific countries towards Papua. While the representatives from the Indonesian government and intelligence treated the issue as marginal, a Golkar parliamentarian, Tantowi Yahya, took the Pacific issue very seriously. He argued that […]

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NTB to develop Sumbawa tourism

West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) administration will push the development of hotels and other tourist facilities in Sumbawa. “We’ve been talking with several investors who have expressed interest in getting involved as Sumbawa needs a boost,” NTB Deputy Governor Muhammad Amin said. Amin said that Sumbawa had huge tourism potential, but most investors were focusing on investing in its neighboring island […]

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