Papua & Timor

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One Papuan’s passion to help political prisoners

Jakarta Post, 26 February. Ruth Ogetay wanted to be a nurse, but an experience with domestic violence set her life on a new course. Ruth Ogetay found her calling in Jakarta. The 27-year-old from Paniai, Papua, had dreamed since childhood of becoming a nurse, and after finishing high school left home to study in Java. Although … Continue reading

Helicopters supplied by Australia used in genocide: report

Sydney Morning Herald, 24 October: Research to be released Thursday into one of the most violent episodes in the history of West Papua claims that helicopters provided to Indonesia by the Australian government were used in military operations in the 1970s that amounted to genocide. According to a report by the Hong Kong-based Asian Human … Continue reading

Swedish pension funds divest Freeport McMoRan holdings

Environment News Service, October 18: Swedish pension fund authorities have followed the lead of counterparts in Norway and New Zealand in divesting all holdings in the American company Freeport McMoRan, which operates the world’s biggest copper and gold mine in the contested province of Papua, in Indonesia. Following the recommendation of their ethical advisory council, … Continue reading

West Papuans ‘tortured, terrorised’

Sydney Morning Herald, 7 October 2013: Indonesia has been accused of using torture as a ”mode of governance” in West Papua – security forces have committed at least one incident of torture, on average, every six weeks for the past half century, a study has found. The research, which collected documentation on 431 cases of … Continue reading

Vote for boats: freedom flotilla’s refugee message

New Matilda, 9 September: On Election Day, West Papuan activists spread a message of hope and freedom in Melbourne to raise awareness of the Freedom Flotilla, writes Jenny Denton. “Why are we making boats?” four-year-old Lamech asks his mum. “Because your dad and I came here on a boat,” she tells him as she wrestles … Continue reading

Indonesian ships await activists

Indonesian navy ships have reportedly been sent to waters near Papua New Guinea’s border with the disputed Indonesian territory of Papua in a show of force apparently aimed at a group of Australian activists headed there on boats. Sources in Papua New Guinea have told Australian supporters of the “Freedom Flotilla to West Papua” that … Continue reading

‘Freedom flotilla’ to West Papua

New Matilda 15 August: A group of Australian Aboriginal, non-Indigenous and West Papuan activists will set sail from Cairns for West Papua on Saturday, on a journey that organisers describe as both cultural exchange and act of resistance. Around 50 people have volunteered to take turns crewing two yachts up the coast of Cape York … Continue reading

‘Getting the message across’ – East Timor broadcasters visit

CBX Magazine, November 2012 Ten broadcasters, from all over East Timor, were recently in Australia for a five-week training program put together by the Australian Pacific Journalism Centre and funded by AusAid through its Australian Leadership Awards program. When Joaquim de Fatima Coutinho first saw the equipment for the radio station he’d agreed to manage … Continue reading

‘Voice of West Papua’ radio show

3CR CRAM guide 2012: It’s 3.30am in Washington DC when Voice of West Papua hits the air in Melbourne, but the show’s founder, Herman Wainggai, rarely misses it. “I’m so excited about this program!’ he says. Herman, one of 43 West Papuan asylum seekers whose arrival in Australia, by outrigger canoe, in 2006 caused a … Continue reading

A long road – East Timor’s first elections

Canberra Times, 7 July 2001 As elections approach, East Timorese find that voting for independence was only a first step on the democratic road. On the Air North flight from Darwin a young Timorese returning for the first time since the independence plebiscite looks at a list of political parties. “This is my party,” he … Continue reading