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The Benefit of Conflict

It is very shocking news for most Papuan !

Please read this news carefully, a Papuan named Kumeser inform Papua Story about Benny Wenda in UK.

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OPM founder Jouwe supports Suebu

Tue, 03/24/2009, Jakarta Post

JAYAPURA: Free Papua Movement (OPM) co-founder Nicholas Jouwe has lauded Papua Governor Barnabas Suebu for improving the welfare of the Papuan people. Continue reading

Free Papua founder ends exile, calls for peace with Jakarta


Nicholas Jouwe, the cofounder of the Free Papua Movement (OPM), has called for a peaceful settlement to the last major armed separatist rebellion in Indonesia’s province of West Papua. The 85-year-old met Indonesian Welfare Minister Aburizal Bakrie in Jakarta on Friday, ending 40 years of life in exile.

OPM co-founder Nicholas Jouwe in Jakarta
(Photo: Reuters)

“The world is getting smaller,” Jouwe said. “Papua and Indonesia should forge closer ties with each other. It is better that we find a solution to work together rather than be at war.”

Indonesian officials had announced on Thursday that Jouwe would renounce the call for independence, but he refused to confirm whether he would do so and referred to the eastern territory as a nation. Continue reading

Exiled Papua rebel leader returns home

JAKARTA, March 20 (Xinhua) — A former Free Papua Movement’s leader, Nicolaas Jouwe, who has been years in overseas exile returned to Indonesia for a visit on Thursday and planned to meet with the country’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono before visiting his birthplace of Papua.

Co-founder of the movement arrived here on Thursday and he met with Indonesian Minister of People Welfare and Poverty Alleviation Aburizal Bakrie at his office here Friday. Continue reading

Boycotting the Elections is No Solution

A story about politic, democracy and the possible future of Papua. Thanks to TAPOL.

Cenderawasih Pos, 12 March 2009
Item slightly abridged in translation. TAPOL

Boycotting the Elections is No Solution

The call made during a rally by the National Action Committee of the West Papuan People during a demo at the office of the DPRP earlier this week , which included a call to boycott the election has provoke responses from a number of political parties. Continue reading

Human Rights Development in West Papua

The increasing number of arrests and detentions on violence grounds in the Papuan provinces of Indonesia are a matter of  concern among human rights defenders. In the last three months, several incidents were reported in which Papuans activists were arrested and charged with subversion and secession after engaging in tactful political protests which can invite violence among Papuans. Continue reading

Indonesia shows mercy to ‘Merauke Five’

Adam Gartrell
March 2, 2009

Five Australians jailed in Indonesia over an ill-fated sightseeing adventure in West Papua have been released from prison while their lawyers prepare an appeal.

Queensland pilot William Henry Scott-Bloxam, 62, was jailed for three years for flying a small plane into the region without permission. Continue reading