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New Indonesian Military Chief Downplays Extent of Papua Conflict
December 21, 2022

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.

Prominent Papuan Independence Activist Reported Dead After Drowning
November 02, 2022

Prominent Papuan Independence Activist Reported Dead After Drowning

By Sebastian Strangio
A longtime proponent of non-violence, Filep Karma spent years calling for "a dignified dialogue with the Indonesian government."
Indonesian Troops Accused of Killing, Mutilating 4 Papuans
August 30, 2022

Indonesian Troops Accused of Killing, Mutilating 4 Papuans

By Associated Press
Six elite troops have been arrested and accused of involvement in the killing of four indigenous Papuans.

9 Killed in Attack in Indonesia’s Papua Province, Say Police
July 19, 2022

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
June 21, 2022

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.

Indonesian Governor in Papua Casts Doubt on Plan for New Provinces: Report
May 30, 2022

Indonesian Governor in Papua Casts Doubt on Plan for New Provinces: Report

By Sebastian Strangio
The plan to break Papua and West Papua into five provinces has spurred widespread protests in the eastern region.

Separatist Fighters Kill 8 Telecom Technicians in Papua Province
March 04, 2022

Separatist Fighters Kill 8 Telecom Technicians in Papua Province

By Sebastian Strangio
The attack came on the same day that a group of U.N. experts called out Indonesia's "shocking abuses" in the eastern province.
UN Experts Call Out ‘Shocking Abuses’ in Indonesia’s Papua Region
March 03, 2022

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.

Protests Greet Indonesia’s Renewal of Papuan Autonomy Law
July 19, 2021

Protests Greet Indonesia’s Renewal of Papuan Autonomy Law

By Sebastian Strangio
Rights groups claim that the revised law could lead to “further marginalization and militarization in the region.”

In Papua Fighting, Indonesian Forces Claim Rebel Commander Killed
May 14, 2021

In Papua Fighting, Indonesian Forces Claim Rebel Commander Killed

By Sebastian Strangio
The reports follows Indonesian government promises of a crackdown on separatist fighters in the eastern region.

Conflict Resolution in Papua and the Label of Terrorism
May 07, 2021

Conflict Resolution in Papua and the Label of Terrorism

By Vidhyandika Djati Perkasa and Alif Satria
Labeling the West Papua National Army-Free Papua Organization a terrorist outfit complicates future conflict resolution efforts.
Indonesia Deploys Forces to Troubled Papua Region
May 05, 2021

Indonesia Deploys Forces to Troubled Papua Region

By Sebastian Strangio
The uneasy region seems set for another cycle of military crackdowns and separatist counter-attacks.

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