West Papua is the western half of the New Guinea island and comprises the two eastern-most Indonesian Provinces (Province Papua & Province Papua Barat). After decades of transmigration from other parts of Indonesia, the indigenous Melanesian population makes up less than 40% of the population. Indigenous Papuans while surround by enormous natural wealth are facing violence from Indonesian security forces, racial discrimination, exploitation of natural resources and environment by national and multi-national companies as well as the military. While the Special Autonomy Law gives Papuans more control over their situation and resources on Paper, Papuans deplore that their New York treaty-based right to hold a referendum for their political status has never been properly implemented. Repeated clashes between armed resistance fighters and the Indonesian army with considerable civilian victims call for a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
Update on law enforcement process in relation to attack on military post in Maybrat – six defendants transferred to Makassar for trial
On 29 December 2021, Maikel Yaam and five other defendants who were arrested in relation to the attack on the military post in Kisor, Maybrat
A research by the Centre for Study, Advocacy and Documentation of Indigenous Peoples (PUSAKA) has revealed multiple breaches by palm oil company PT Subur Karunia