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Aerial view of the new highway cutting through lowland forest in Papua Province. Ulet Ifansasti/Greenpeace

Road to uncertainty: research reveals how Trans Papua may strip 4.5 million hectares of forest by 2036

Many are concerned that the highway is being built to benefit powerful commercial interests and not Indigenous people and will accelerate forest loss as seen in Sumatra and Kalimantan.
Members of Free West Papua Campaign Netherlands demonstrate in The Hague last September against excessive violence in West Papua by the Indonesian army. Remko de Waal/EPA

How the world failed West Papua in its campaign for independence

International political dynamics sabotaged West Papuans’ attempts to ride the waves of decolonisation efforts by Asian and African countries throughout the 1940s to the 1960s.
Indonesian flag flown as kite at an Independence Day celebration in Bali. Made Nagi/EPA

Tensions in Papua and hyper-nationalism in Indonesia

The prevailing hyper-nationalism in Indonesia today betrays the modernist idea of nationhood which inspired the nationalist movement in the archipelago a century ago.
A woman stands near her burnt stall at Thumburuni market in Fakfak, West Papua, Indonesia, on 22 August after protesters torched the market during a violent rally. Beawiharta/EPA

Development for all: a better solution for Papua

Adopting an inclusive development approach to the well-being of Papuans is the best solution to solve Papuan problems.
Political arrests have been on the rise in recent years in restive West Papua, and the local population is pushing for a new referendum on independence. Frans/EPA

Riots in West Papua: why Indonesia needs to answer for its broken promises

Violence has returned to West Papua over the arrests of students for allegedly desecrating a flag. So much for the new push for reconciliation under Indonesia President Joko Widodo.

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