UN Responds after Indonesia arrests own law-makers in new crack-down

Eighty-four Papuans were arrested for ‘treason’ on November 17, 2020, in Merauke, as Indonesia moves to crush dissent in illegally occupied West Papua. Civil unrest is growing over Jakarta’s proposed extension of the failed 2001 ‘Special Autonomy’ law, set to expire on January 1, 2021. Those arrested included staff members and advisors of the Papuan People’s Assembly […]

Papuan Students Deprived of their basic right to Education by the State

Right to education is one of the basic human rights in the international law under the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UNDHR) and United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) of which Indonesia is a party. It is also an important pillar under the right to development another pillar of […]


“Today Red and White (the Indonesian flag) is not flying victoriously in Wamena, therefore we the Islamic community will give our lives in the name of God to save Wamena!” This was the message being announced over the loud hailers as the Front Jihad Islam (FJI) members gathered in East Java burning a poster of […]

Why are Papuans angry at migrants? Natalius Pigai

By Natalius Pigai: Mr. Pigai is a former Director for the Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights 2012-2017 originally from West Papua, here is his views on human rights situation in West Papua. I write this article based on the reality faced by the people of Papua for 57 years. I was born in a […]

Emergency Alert on Humanitarian Crisis and the Need for UN Intervention to West Papua Now

Emergency Alert on Humanitarian Crisis and the Need for UN Intervention to West Papua Now Since the 19th August anti-racism protest in West Papua there continues to be increase escalation of the military and police violence against civilians particularly against the indigenous West Papuans students, youths, women and men. On the 17th of September the […]

An Uprising in West Papua: To Independence Now

An Uprising in West Papua: To Independence Now An Uprising in West Papua BY TAMARA SOUKOTTA After suffering under colonial oppression from Indonesia for decades, West Papuans recently rose up. Their struggle for independence deserves our solidarity. mid the loud yells celebrating freedom during the Indonesian Independence Day celebration last month, West Papuan students in […]

Racism and Colonialism: ‘Monkey Race’, Racism and Papua Independence Aspiration

“Monkey! Pig! Dog! Don’t you come out? We are waiting for you here”. While racist slurs were heard being chanted at the background dozens of military officers forced their way towards the entrance of Papua students’ dormitory in Surabaya, the second largest city in Indonesia. They damaged the entire fence and forced the students to […]

Press conference on Human Rights Situation in West Papua as of 17th September 2019

One month after waves of demonstrations that swept across various regions throughout Papua and Indonesia in general, the Papuan people still questioned the Indonesian government as to why there is no clarification related to those people who were injured and or lost their lives during the demonstrations. On the 2nd of September 2019, Papua Regional […]