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Papuan Rebel Group Says It Is Willing to Release Abducted New Zealand Pilot

Papuan Rebel Group Says It Is Willing to Release Abducted New Zealand Pilot

By Sebastian Strangio
The announcement hinted at disagreements within the separatist movement, which could complicate Philip Mehrtens' release.

Could the Papua Hostage Situation Have Been Prevented?

Could the Papua Hostage Situation Have Been Prevented?

By Aprila Wayar
As the hostage-taking of New Zealand pilot Philip Mark Mehrtens enters its sixth consecutive month, his whereabouts in eastern Indonesia remain unknown.
Papuan Separatists Threaten to Execute New Zealand Pilot

Papuan Separatists Threaten to Execute New Zealand Pilot

By Sebastian Strangio
The West Papuan National Liberation Army says that it will shoot Philip Mehrtens if the Indonesian government does not agree to independence talks within two months.

Indonesia Confirms 3 More Troops Killed in Papua Ambush

Indonesia Confirms 3 More Troops Killed in Papua Ambush

By Sebastian Strangio
The attack came as a unit of soldiers attempted to search for a New Zealand pilot captured by Papuan separatists in February.

Papuan Separatists Ambush Indonesian Forces Searching for Kidnapped Pilot

Papuan Separatists Ambush Indonesian Forces Searching for Kidnapped Pilot

By Sebastian Strangio
In addition to one confirmed death, nine soldiers have reportedly been taken hostage by separatist rebels.

Defamation Trial Against Indonesian Activists Opens in Jakarta

Defamation Trial Against Indonesian Activists Opens in Jakarta

By Sebastian Strangio
Haris Azhar and Fatia Maulidiyanti are on trial for defaming the powerful minister Luhut Pandjaitan by accusing him of conflicts of interest in relation to a Papuan mining operation.

Papuan Rebels Take New Zealand Pilot Hostage in Remote Area

Papuan Rebels Take New Zealand Pilot Hostage in Remote Area

By Sebastian Strangio
The West Papua National Liberation Army says it holds Western countries, including New Zealand, responsible for supporting the Indonesian military.
New Indonesian Military Chief Downplays Extent of Papua Conflict

New Indonesian Military Chief Downplays Extent of Papua Conflict

By Sebastian Strangio
The past few years have seen growing numbers of violent incidents in the eastern region, home to a long-running separatist insurgency.

Indonesia’s Papua Region at Risk of Mass Violence, Report Claims

Indonesia’s Papua Region at Risk of Mass Violence, Report Claims

By Sebastian Strangio
The Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide claims that the region bears many of the structural risk factors associated with past mass atrocities.

9 Killed in Attack in Indonesia’s Papua Province, Say Police

9 Killed in Attack in Indonesia’s Papua Province, Say Police

By Sebastian Strangio
The killings came amid protests over an Indonesian government plan to create new provinces in the eastern region.

Indonesia’s New Plans for Papua Can’t Hide Its Decades of Failures

Indonesia’s New Plans for Papua Can’t Hide Its Decades of Failures

By Aprila Wayar and Johnny Blades
A plan to create three new provinces in the Papua region highlights how Jakarta's development approach has failed to resolve a long-running conflict.
UN Experts Call Out ‘Shocking Abuses’ in Indonesia’s Papua Region

UN Experts Call Out ‘Shocking Abuses’ in Indonesia’s Papua Region

By Sebastian Strangio
Human rights specialists noted a deterioration in the security situation since the assassination of a high-ranking Indonesian intelligence officer last April.

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