The Papua problem

Papua was formerly a Dutch-controlled colony and had since been annexed by Indonesia in 1963.

5 April 2019

Hundreds of students flee violence in Papua

Hundreds of students have fled fighting in Indonesia's restive Papua province, a local NGO said, amid unconfirmed reports of violent military reprisals after a massacre of civilian workers by separatist rebels.

21 February 2019

Papua massacre shines light on forgotten conflict

The recent massacre of civilian workers by separatist rebels in Indonesia's restive Papua province has cast a spotlight on one of the world's longest-running insurgencies, with no end to the bloody conflict in sight.

9 December 2018

'Kill or be killed' says Papua rebel group

Construction workers massacred at a remote jungle work camp in Papua were legitimate military targets, a rebel group said Friday, as authorities hunted for more bodies after the grisly weekend attack which killed at least 16.

8 December 2018

Suspects in alleged Papua mass killing hunted

Indonesian soldiers hunted Wednesday for rebels suspected of killing as many as two dozen construction workers in a restive Papua province, as an eyewitness account supplied by the military described a grisly mass execution.

6 December 2018

Indonesia’s Papua problem

A pro-independence movement in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua is slowly simmering with recent attacks by armed assailants in the wake of gubernatorial elections in the country last Wednesday.

2 July 2018