West Papua is located just north of Australia and west of Papua New Guinea. A former Dutch colony, West Papua came under Indonesian control in the 1960s after the implementation of a referendum under UN.
For almost forty years the people of West Papua have suffered local conflict which was caused by many different perspectives. Human rights abuses, ecological destruction and democratic violations at the hands of both Free Papua Movement and the Indonesian Military are the results of such conflict. In an effort to address these complex issues, I try to share my own personal view on Papua.
John. S. Yeoman