January 2019

West Papua Encourages Supervision of Inherent Village Funds

The West Papua Provincial Government encourages inherent oversight efforts on the utilization of central disbursed village funds for the area. Assistant I for West Papua Regional Government Administration, Musa Kamudi in Manokwari, Thursday, said that village funds received by each village in the province were quite large. The provincial government does not want village officials to be caught up in legal problems due to their lack of understanding in managing

Minister of Foreign Affairs Refuses West Papua Independence Referendum Petition

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia Retno Marsudi refused to respond to the petition for the West Papua independence referendum, submitted by the leader of the Union of West Papua Liberation Movement (ULMWP) Benny Wenda to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.   Through uploading on his social media account, Benny Wenda said the petition had been signed by 1.8 million West Papuans who demanded freedom

Indonesia Affirms the Commitment of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to West Papua

The Indonesian government has stated that it remains committed to inviting the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (KTHAM) to be represented by its regional office in Bangkok to visit West Papua. This was revealed after the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said that she had communicated with Indonesian authorities regarding the issue of West Papua and had requested access to the area. “The invitation was