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The New York Agreement – August 1962 – Free West Papua

The New York Agreement is an agreement aimed at settling the conflict between Indonesia and Netherland regarding the territory of West lrian (now Papua) facilitated by the United State of America in New York on August 15, 1962.  The first part of the agreement proposes that the United Nations assume administration of the territory, and … More

A resident of Tembaga Pura, West Papua asked Security Apparatus to secure his villages from the KKB occupation.

Thousands of residents of three villages in Tembagapura District, who have fled since early March 2020, choose to stay in Timika. They come from Banti, Kimbeli, and Opitawak villages. They refuse to recognize the Armed Criminal Group or Kelompok Separatis Bersenjata (KKB), even though they miss to return to their hometowns. They prefer to leave … More

Raja Ampat opens for domestic tourists

The Raja Ampat Regency Government (Pemkab) has officially announced the reopening of Raja Ampat tourist destination, but temporarily for domestic tourists. However, they must comply with 10 rules of protocols to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The announcement of the rules were officially launched by West Papua Governor Dominggus Mandacan and Raja Ampat Regent Abdul … More

I am Papuan, I am Indonesian

“I am Papuan. Papua is a part of nation called Indonesia. We are Indonesian” Edo Kondologit Edo Kondologit is popularly known as a jazz singer and often Christian hymns. He was born in Sorong, August 5, 1967 is also an Indonesian actor and singer. Edo also often sings songs of peace through a number of … More

Refocusing maintaining peace in Papua

Bambang Soesatyo, the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) chairman, urged police and military officers to refocus on maintaining peace in Indonesia’s easternmost province. “Under whatever pretext, the authorities, who are supposed to play a role in maintaining security and public order,” he noted in a statement on April 13, 2020. Soesatyo emphasized the need for all … More

West Papua Governor agreed to support the extension of the OTSUS in the region.

West Papua Governor Dominggus Mandacan, which is also as Arfak tribe’s chief,  acknowledged that the special autonomy status (OTSUS) had improved development in the two provinces. “The special autonomy status has successfully helped in development in Papua in the areas of education, health, and infrastructure,” Mandacan stated on August 18, 2020. Mandacan advised the local … More

Enhancing education quality in West Papua

Education will become another focus of the government’s development plans in Indonesia’s easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua, after it managed to open up part of the isolated areas with its Trans-Papua flagship infrastructure project. It has been different comparing in 2017. Based on Dimaswij’s article in 2017 entitles challenges dealing with education in … More

Preserving Marori and Smarky Kanum Languages in Merauke

This cooperation projects have done in Merauke is to help preserve Indigenous language of Marori and Smarky Kanun. Both fieldwork and research is conducted in collaboration with a variety of institutions and stakeholders, including the local government in Merauke, Balai Taman Nasional Wasur, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), and the … More

West Papuan – Javaness, and Sumatran have been closed since the 7th century.

The Sriwijaya Era Based on one source, Chun Tjok Kwan, an Chinese trader who  made stop in Sumatra’s Sriwijaya Kingdom before visiting Maluku and Papua, he had acknowledged that many Sumatra people pronounced “Tungki” actually means “Janggi”,  reffering the Sriwijaya Kingdom’s name to the land of Papua as Janggi. The Sriwijaya Kingdom even once presented … More

Law enforcement on case criminal of 1,000 liters of liquor in Nabire district

A joint team of personnel from the local police, military, and the district’s public order agency have continued to crack down on liquor producers and sellers in Siriwini and Sanoba neighborhoods, Papua province and seized one thousand liters of alcohol of the brand ‘Bobo‘ during raids the second week of August 2020.  Papua Police spokesperson, … More


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