Education and health services in Papua — West Papua

October 1, 2020

Education and health services in Papua Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) said maternal and child health services for indigenous Papuans, especially in West Papua Province, require increased availability and access to […] The post Education and health services in Papua appeared first on West Papua .

Education and health services in Papua — West Papua

Veronica Koman: Human Rights Fraud — Red Fire

June 1, 2020

I don’t know who is Veronica Koman, but somehow I sense something fishy about her from news and social media. Luckily I found the following article from Red Fire

Please read the complete article in Red Fire Blog.

Veronica Koman: Human Rights Fraud 07-01-2020 – When leftists hear the term “human rights lawyer”, suspicions are, or should be, immediately raised. “Human rights”, so-called, has been twisted and distorted by the paid and unpaid scribes of Western imperialism into something which no longer corresponds to what these words originally meant in the English language. […]

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The success of the United Nations in Papua — Free West Papua

April 18, 2020

Bernard J. Firestone: The success of the United Nations in Papua was extraordinary because, under the provisions of the New York Agreement and the subsequent General Assembly resolution, UNTEA was the first case of the Organization’s direct administration of a territory. Another notable feature of that exercise was that its funding was provided by the […]

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Act of Free Choice is a success in postcolonial territorial disputes — Free West Papua

April 18, 2020

Dr. Martin Ira Glassner (1998) stated in his book : “The UN’s record in postcolonial territorial disputes is not good, with West Irian the solitary success. Source: Glassner, M. I. (1998) The United Nations at Work. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, page 270.

via Act of Free Choice is a success in postcolonial territorial disputes — Free West Papua

SBY Orders Safety Probe of  Merpati Planes After Crash in West Papua

May 15, 2011

Camelia Pasandaran, Arientha Primanita & Markus Junianto Sihaloho | May 13, 2011 Jakarta Globe

In the wake of a deadly aircraft wreck in Papua, the government on Thursday ordered an examination of Merpati Nusantara Airlines’s remaining turboprop planes.

“We have issued letters ordering an inspection and safety audit on the 12 MA-60 airplanes,” Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi said at a news conference at the Presidential Office.

The announcement came after a cabinet meeting where President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered the inspections after the fatal crash of an MA-60 into waters off Kaimana, West Papua, on Saturday, which is believed to have killed all 25 on board. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia allocates $602m for development in Indonesia

May 13, 2011

Abdul Khalik, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 05/12/2011 10:04 AM | World

Australia has announced it will provide an estimated Rp 5.15 trillion (US$602.55 million) in development assistance to Indonesia this year, an increase of more than $100 million compared to last year.

Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Greg Moriarty said Australia’s aid program would focus on alleviating poverty through social protection programs, supporting governance reforms and improving the poor’s access to health, education, transportation, clean water and sanitation. Read the rest of this entry »

Oz funds health, education in Papua

May 6, 2011

The Jakarta Post | Thu, 05/05/2011 8:00 AM | National

JAKARTA: Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Greg Moriarty witnessed a signing between Papua Governor Barnabas Suebu and West Papua Governor Abraham O. Atururi for a new Australian government-funded program to improve health, education and infrastructure in the two provinces. Read the rest of this entry »

US Congress: Special Autonomy vs Independence

October 30, 2010

Hearings on the issue in Papua in the U.S. Congress which was held on September 22, 2010 was initiated by Eni FH Faleomavaega, chairman of the Subcommittee of the U.S. Congress. The hearing invited leaders of Papua as Octavianus Mote, Nicholas Messet, Henkie Rumbewas, Franzalbert Joku, some scholars such as Eben Kirksey, Pieter Drooglever and others and off course Benny Wenda was not considered as a Papuan leader due to the fact that he is only self-proclaimed leader.

They were invited to give such testimony and statements about the circumstances in Papua. These hearings grew into a new round of international discussions on the Papua issue because the U.S. Congress invited the leaders from both sides the pro-independence Papuan and the pro-special autonomy such as Nicholas Messet and Franzalbert Joku of the Independent Group Supporting the Special Autonomous Region of Papua Of Within The Republic Of Indonesia (IGSSARPRI). The U.S. Congress is doing much better approach than UK Parliament because they can get input of Papua from two sides, which will provide objective data supported by evidence that can be justified. Read the rest of this entry »

OPM Rebel Fighters Killed Innocent Papuan Man

October 23, 2010

West Papua Independence keep killing people and destroying many facilities to show that they are exist.


How to deliver peace in troubled Papua province

March 7, 2010

P.M. Erza Killian, Malang | Mon, 03/01/2010 1:11 PM | Opinion Jakarta Post

A series of threats and violence in the mining area of PT Freeport Indonesia is unlikely to cease despite the death of the Free Papua Movement (OPM) leader Kelly Kwalik, who was believed to be behind the terror in Papua. Read the rest of this entry »

Air Maleo to start cargo operations in West Papua, Indonesia

February 28, 2010

By Leithen Francis FlightGlobal


Indonesian cargo start-up Air Maleo aims to start flying next month, using two Fokker F27 freighters.

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Integration between Nations (Integrasi Kebangsaan)

May 2, 2009

It is the first time in my life that I must support the statement from Thaha Al Hamid.

Indonesia consists of so many different ethnic groups which was in the past had their own governance in the form of traditional kingdom. The tribute system and the conquer of smallest kingdom into bigger one is basically a non-colonialism type. Even in Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali, etc,  Kabupaten (District) was an old small self-govern entity and that is way democracy can be smoothly implemented through decentralization and general elections.

However, something went wrong so far during the era of militarism in Indonesia. The central government ignored the needs of freedom of every different ethnic group. Repression, public order and political stability have had marginalized not only Papuan but also almost every single ethnic group in Indonesia. It was very difficult to show their unique ethnic identity because of the SARA repression (Suku, Agama, Ras, Antar Golongan). We could say that there were limited freedom of expression on ethnicity, religion, race, and group of people.  The creation of  Indonesian identity is not finished yet. Even in the capital city of Jakarta, the identity of Betawi (Batavian) “the indigenous owner” of Jakarta land vanished. Read the rest of this entry »

The Pacific Ring of Fire

February 12, 2009

When it comes to natural disaster, I think all Indonesian should work together supporting and helping our brother and sister  whenever a natural disaster occur. We can not ignore the impact of natural disaster by only screaming for our own interest outside Indonesian Embassy abroad. Begging for independence from the Dutch, US and UK is something irresponsible when our brother and sister need help. We know that our capacity in helping ourself is very low, and we need help from our ethnic brother from Molluca, Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara, Bali, Kalimantan, Java and Sumatera, we are one brotherhood of Indonesia.

Yesterday, 10 February 2009, a series of moderate earthquakes with magnitudes of 5.6, 5.4, 5.2 and 5.0 struck Indonesia, with no report of damage or casualties, meteorology agency said. Read the rest of this entry »

West Papua gets Rp 1.1t in autonomy funds

January 20, 2009


The Province of West Papua received Rp 1.1 trillion (US$100 million) in special autonomy funds in the 2009 budget.

Since its initial disbursement in 2002, the special autonomy fund,–the implementation of its special autonomy status based on Law No. 21/2001– was managed by the province of Papua. West Papua, however, officially separated from Papua to establish a new province in March 2006 by electing its own governor through a peaceful regional election.

The special autonomy fund for West Papua of Rp 1.1 trillion accounted for about 30 percent of the Rp 3.7 trillion received by the two respective funds for each province. The other Rp 2.6 trillion was earmarked to the province of Papua. Read the rest of this entry »

Benny Wenda Gives a pack of lies to Catholic peace and Justice group in Liverpool.

November 24, 2008

Nov 24, 2008

I will support  Benny Wenda if Indonesia still held the military and autocratic New Order system. But since 1998, a big change happened in Indonesia and all Indonesian can speak freely and openly to the world about everything. Indonesian press is also one of the freest in the world today. My only reaction to Benny Wenda campaign in UK is that please stop telling lies to British people. I will suggest Benny Wenda to go home and see the development in Papua by his own eyes. Read the rest of this entry »

Forensic Team Probes Timika Blasts

September 14, 2008

The Jakarta Post
Sunday, September 14, 2008

Forensic Team Probes Timika Blasts

Markus Makur, The Jakarta Post, Timika

Five members of the Jakarta-based National Police Forensic
Laboratory scoured bomb-explosion sites Saturday on a highway
leading to PT Freeport Indonesia’s gold and copper concession in
the Mimika regency of Papua.

Accompanied by Papuan police, the forensic team combed the area
in search of remains from the mortar-like bombs that exploded
near a gas station at Mile 50 as well as under a bridge over the
Kabur river, at Mile 39.


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Papuans Need Democracy, Not Separatism

July 28, 2008

Yesterday I read this article in Papua Story, I can only make a short comment to Mr. Andri Hadi…what a brilliant choice of title! as for the content, I couldn’t agree with you more…

So please for all Papuans, Papua experts and Papua Observers, read this article carefully and try to understand Papua in a more objective perspective.

Papuans Need Democracy, Not Separatism

by Andri Hadi

The Jakarta Post
July 30, 2004

Efforts by certain quarters, within and outside Indonesia, to question the decolonization process in Papua gain a momentum by the declassification of restricted documents in the U.S. recently.

The documents portray the 1969 “Act of Free Choice” (AFC) as a sham, among others because it excluded most Papuans (Jakarta Post, July 16, 2004). Arguably, this development may provide ammunition to the hands of people pursuing the separatist aspiration in Papua, thus endangering Indonesia’s territorial integrity and its democracy. Read the rest of this entry »

High mountain, high stakes

May 12, 2008

Yesterday I read a very interesting story of a great mountain climber, Kevin Flynn in MPNnow. He had a  unique experience of pleasure of climbing Carstensz Pyramid, Oceania’s highest peak. He had also found himself caught in a violent conflict between native Papuans, Indonesian police squads and the largest gold mine in the world, Freeport.

The story should be read by all Papuan to realise that Kevin can contribute a positive impact in the development of Papua. Not only about the destruction of our mother forest, Kevin can speak to the world about the beauty of our land. Kevin is not a provocateur like many Western visitor in Papua, he is a truly nature lover.

Here is his experience by By Kris Dreessen, staff writer Daily Messenger
Sat May 10, 2008, 06:37 PM EDT

When the angry tribesmen surrounded them and took their duffle bags, Kevin Flynn and his fellow climbers moved to the other end of the runway. They wanted to keep close to the helicopter that was going to fly them away.

He watched as the angry mob surrounded his guide, shouting and pointing fingers. When the guide got shoved, Kevin was sure the tinder box of emotions would blow up. In the tiny mountain village, no one would know if they went missing into the wilds of West Papua.

Photo by Kevin Flynn
Kevin Flynn’s crew makes its way along the Knife’s Edge Ridge on Carstensz Pyramid, so named because it’s so narrow you can straddle either side of the mountain.

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Indonesia govt blamed for stagnant special autonomy in Papua

April 2, 2008

News Update from RNZI

Posted at 22:29 on 31 March, 2008 UTC

A delegation of politicians from Indonesia’s Papua province has been to Jakarta to further pressure the central government to help improve Special Autonomy in their region.

The Jakarta post reports that Papua legislature members, led by chief councilor Jimmy Demianus, held separate meetings with the House of Representatives and Regional Representative Council leadership.

Many Papuans believe Special Autonomy, established in 2001, has failed to address problems such as human rights violations, natural resource management, health, poverty and security.

Mr Demianus has warned that Papua’s problems will become more complex if Jakarta did not improve the implementation of Special Autonomy.

He blamed Jakarta for the stagnation of special autonomy in Papua and neighbouring West Papua province, saying they can’t properly implement autonomy without technical and operational guidance from central government.

Recently, Papua Governor Barnabas Suebu admitted that despite huge special autonomy funds being allocated over the last seven years, most Papuans remain poor and uneducated.

He said that most of the funds have been used to finance bureaucracy.

Papua’s international image

April 2, 2008

Do Papua needs special envoy to improve Papua’s international image? please think about this idea for the future of Papua.

Source: RNZI

A delegation of politicians from the Papua region has called on the Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, to appoint a special envoy to improve Papua’s international image.

The chief councillor from West Papua, Jimmy Demianus Ijie, who led the delegation, has told the Jakarta Post that a special envoy is needed to counter the campaign that gives an impression human rights abuses continue in Papua.

He claimed the campaign against Papua was related to Indonesia’s efforts to bar the American Samoan member of the US Congress, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, from viciting Papua in July last year, and the failure of special autonomy in the region.