A tribal man votes in 2004 Indonesia’s general elections in Lembah Baliem, in Wamena, Papua.
Both the government and the opposition still consider Papua as a problem caused by a lack of economic development and which has nothing to do with politics.
A West Papuan activist holds a placard during a rally at a main street in Jakarta, Indonesia, in last December.
A researcher on social economic issues in Papua calls for more research on Papua that can contribute to find solutions for complex problems in Indonesia's easternmost region.
A West Papuan activist in traditional costume protests in Jakarta for Papuan self-determination.
The government is focusing on economic development, but ignoring human rights abuses, local politics and indigenous peoples.
Malaria in pregnancy poses substantial risks to mothers and their babies.
Discoveries as a result of ongoing research on malaria in pregnant women in Papua are helping to develop better treatments to fight the disease.
In Papua, the country’s easternmost province, reports say at least 61 children have died from malnutrition and measles. Photo of mother and child in a church in Asmat district, taken on January 22, 2018.
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Health research in Indonesia are mostly kept in library shelves instead of being used in policymaking.
Rabaul is famous for its twin volcanoes, which erupted simultaneously in 1994.
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An exhibition at the Melbourne Museum tells the history of colonialism in East New Britain, PNG, from the perspective of the local people. This is history from the ground up, told through film, art and music.
A member of the Indonesian Red Cross (R) assists evacuees from villages authorities said had been occupied by armed separatists, near the Grasberg copper mine operated by Freeport McMoRan Inc, in Timika, Mimika, Papua province, Indonesia November 17, 2017.
Talks about increasing militarisation in Papua has intensified after reports of violence in mining area Tembagapura. But Indonesia should not rush in with a military operation.
After releasing five Papuan political prisoners in May, President Joko Widodo declared Papua open to foreign media. But challenges to media freedom in Papua remain.
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Although Indonesian President Joko Widodo declared Papua open for foreign media in May this year, government obstacles to access the restive region linger.
Joko Widodo is surrounded by politicians and military generals with agendas that are unlikely to help the Papuans.
The future of Papuans remains subject to the swirling mists of Indonesian national and international political intrigue.