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News from the Papuan Tribes


Six killed in Freeport mine protests

Two Papuans, three police and an army intelligence officer were killed on teh 16th March in Papua in protests demanding the closure of the giant Freeport gold and copper mine.

More troops land in Papua

Over 1,500 Indonesian troops landed in Papua in October to provide ‘security’ around the establishment of the new ‘Papuan Peoples’ Council’.

Lani villagers in hiding from Indonesian army

Lani tribesman Benny Wenda, who is living as a refugee in the UK, reports today that the people of his home village in Pyramid, Papua, are still in hiding after the army attacked in July.

Fifteen years in prison for flying a flag

Two Papuan activists, Filep Karma and Yusuk Pakage, have been sentenced to 15 and 10 years in prison respectively for raising the Papuan flag on 'Papuan independence day', December 1st, 2004.

CIA named Papua ‘cannibal land’

In 1962, President Kennedy instructed the Netherlands to hand Papua over to Indonesia, rather than granting it independence.

Troops pour into Papua

Fifteen thousand more soldiers are to be relocated to Papua, bringing the total in the province to 50,000.

Army kills villagers

The Indonesian army and police have killed three people, burned down houses, killed pigs and destroyed crops, in the latest in a series of attacks against tribal villages in the Papuan highlands.

Thousands flee military in Papuan highlands

'They're still hiding in the forests because the soldiers are in their village, and if they go back they are scared... the military will just shoot them.' Papuan Baptist Minister