West Papua independence

Stephen Langford reports on a well-attended meeting in support of the self-determination struggle in West Papua.

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The armed conflict in West Papua’s central highlands continues to deteriorate, costing the lives of innocent civilians, writes Human Rights and Peace for Papua.

Rights groups have slammed a last-minute decision by the Indonesian authorities to deny parole to five Papuan activists jailed on charges of treason over a peaceful protest in August last year, writes James Balowski.

“We are winning the struggle with Indonesia,” said Benny Wenda, chair of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) in a released on September 10.“Politically, legally, morally, our arguments have prevailed.” 

According to the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), an additional 650 Indonesian commandos were deployed along with an extra 2000 troops on March 12 to the Central Highlands of West Papua to fight the West Papua National Liberation Army.

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