Villagers still cross PNG/Indonesia border despite abuses

A representative from a Papua New Guinea village close to the border with Indonesia says traditional border crossing rights still have a place despite some abuses of the system. Traditional Border Crossers have officially recognised rights to travel back and forth between PNG and Indonesia’s Papua region for cultural reasons. Jame Nunakru is a ward representative in Lido village in […]

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Māori TV Investigates Indigenous Issues in West Papua

Jayapura, Jubi/ Asia New Zealand Foundation – Assisted by an Asia New Zealand Foundation media travel grant, Māori Television’s Native Affairs producer and cameraman Adrian Stevanon and freelance photojournalist Karen Abplanalp travelled to West Papua, Indonesia in August. They were the first New Zealand television crew to visit the province in 50 years. In the days leading up to our […]

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Indonesia president wants co-operation in Papua development

Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, has criticised government agencies for not co-operating in implementing development in the Papua region. The Jakarta Post reports the president saying development has to consider the aspirations of Papuans. He told a cabinet meeting on Papuan development that in recent years, the ministries’ work has centred on their respective sectors, rather than working together. The president […]

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Clarification on Case of Toddlers’ Death, Health Office Chief Never on the Scene, says the Nduga Regent

Wamena, Jubi – Nduga Regent Yairus Gwijangge said 29 children have died of suspected respiratory infections in Mbua sub-district, not 40 as widely reported by the media recently. Gwijangge also said the children did not die at nearly the same time and that the Nduga Health Office chief who first revealed the deaths had not been in the area. Gwijangge said […]

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