Republic of West Papua

July 23, 2009

The Republic of West Papua is a separatist-proposed state lead by Benny Wenda that would give empty hope to the people of Western New Guinea (the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua).

The Republic of West Papua was never declared even during the period of the withdrawal of the Dutch in 1963, but the act of free choice decided by West Papuan leaders to integrate to Indonesia Read the rest of this entry »

Who gets to benefit from the high tension in Papua?

July 22, 2009

Who gets to benefit from the bloody higher tension in Papua and West Papua provinces? Should independent investigation be allowed for upholding justice to its very roots? The issue will be debated in a long process of disclosure, and there is no guarantee that the result could determine whether Indonesian military  and the Papua Freedom Movement will confess their crimes.

What to expect ? I am tired of seeing both sides Indonesian Military and Papua Freedom Movement taking benefits of the conflict. Both sides are very clever and cunning in generating public opinions and defending each position to get more benefits in the future. None of them care about human rights. Read the rest of this entry »

A mystery too many in Papua

July 15, 2009

From the bottom of my heart I would say the opinion below is very important to be read.  For many years I share similar feeling when it comes to mysteries in West Papua. That is why the foundation of my perspective is that both sides Indonesian security and Free Papua Movement are close friends. While most of ordinary Papuan people (about 1.5 million) dan ordinary non-Papuan people (about 2 million) are victims.

The Jakarta Post | Tue, 07/14/2009 9:40 AM | Opinion

As Indonesia’s easternmost province thousands of kilometers away from the nation’s capital Jakarta, Papua is a land full of mystery that baffles but attracts many outsiders. The thick and dense tropical rainforest that covers most of the rugged and mountainous province hides not only many secrets but also inexplicable events.

One of these unfortunately is a series of tragic fatal incidents. The death of three people in a shootout near the giant gold and copper mining operation in Timika at the weekend is another event which, going by history, will thicken the mysterious cloud above Papua. Read the rest of this entry »

Indonesia’s presidential election begins in Papua

July 14, 2009

Tue Jul 7, 2009 7:45pm EDT REUTERS

By John Package

PUNCAK JAYA, Indonesia (Reuters) – Polling stations opened in Papua, the easternmost part of Indonesia, on Wednesday, the start of voting in a presidential election that will determine the pace of reform over the next five years.

Opinion polls have consistently shown that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will be re-elected, winning a second term and a chance to push ahead more aggressively with reforms in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy that would help attract badly needed investment and create jobs.

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