Negotiations continue over Grasberg mine

Indonesia’s government is keeping quiet on the progress of negotiations with the global mining giant Freeport, over its gold and copper mine in West Papua. Operations have been crippled with the two sides quarrelling since January, when Jakarta forced Freeport to stop exporting copper concentrate from the Grasberg mine. Indonesia wants Freeport’s local subsidiary to adopt a special licence, pay […]

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Ministers tight-lipped on Freeport meeting

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati and Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan met on Thursday to discuss ongoing negotiations between the government and Freeport Indonesia, however no further information about the meeting was disclosed. The government and Freeport have been discussing a number of issues related to the conversion of Freeport’s contract of work to a special mining license. The Finance Ministry’s […]

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Baliem Valley Cultural Festival breaks national and world records

The ongoing Baliem Valley Cultural Festival (FBLB) currently held in Baliem Valley, the Jayawijaya Mountains from August 8 to 11 has broken national and world records for the throwing of more than 1,359 sege (traditional spear). Sege is a war instrument made of wood and has the length of 2.5 meters and the diameter between 5 to 7 meters. The spear is usually […]

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Indonesia denies claims of Papuan rights restrictions

The Indonesian government has again rejected claims that rights to the freedom of expression and assembly are restricted in Papua region. Through its embassy in New Zealand, Indonesia has raised issue with reported comments by Vanuatu’s government in United Nations forums that basic human rights of West Papuans are being infringed. Vanuatu has repeatedly called for UN action on human rights violations […]

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