Tense calm’ prevails at PNG university after student killed

An uneasy calm prevails around the University of Technology in the Papua New Guinea city of Lae after a student was killed there on Saturday night in a sign that tensions at the country’s universities have spiralled out of control. A mob armed with bush knives attacked a first-year student sleeping in a dormitory in an apparent targetted attack before […]

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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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