More than 500 people were arrested in West Papua on December 18 during self-determination protests that were demanding the   be granted full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Marchers in Honiara in support of West Papua’s bid to join the MSG, June 19. The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) granted the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) observer membership during a summit meeting in Honiara on June 26. It also upgraded Indonesia’s membership from observer to associate.
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