Police Officer Shot to Death in Papua Province

June 15, 2010

A group of armed militiamen of the Free Papua Organization (OPM) attacked several police officers in Yambi District, Papua, yesterday, June 14.

During the gunshots, a police officer, First Brigadier Hendra, was shot to death. Head of Puncak Jaya Police Department, Chief Commissioner Alex Korwa, has verified about the incident. Read the rest of this entry »

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Papuan separatist leader becomes Indonesian citizen

May 21, 2010

A leader of the Free Papua movement, Nicholas Jouwe, has become an Indonesian citizen after living in exile in the Netherlands for 50 years.

He received his certificate of citizenship from Minister of Law and Human Rights Patrialis Akbar in Papua’s provincial capital Jayapura on Saturday.

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Report: Papuan radicals behind Freeport attacks

March 15, 2010

Reuters India

Sunanda Creagh — Separatists in Indonesia’s politically sensitive Papua province were behind deadly attacks in 2009 on workers near a mine run by a unit of Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc, a report released on Thursday said.

A secessionist movement has smouldered for decades in Papua in the far east of the Indonesian archipelago. In recent months, unidentified gunmen launched a series of attacks on vehicles travelling to Freeport’s Grasberg copper and gold mine near Timika, wounding more than 20 people and killing two. Read the rest of this entry »


Jouwe: Papua Merdeka Only a Dream

March 3, 2010

Free Papua Movement (OPM) founder Nicholas Jouwe, on Thursday, said that Papua Merdeka is only a dream.

Papua will never be independent, because it has been independent in the frame of the Republic of Indonesia.

Nicholas Jouwe was fighting for Papuan independency in the U.N. in 1960s.

Nicholas Jouwe returned to Indonesia for good in 2009.

He will stay in Papua and spend the rest of his life there.

“I shall return to Papua, because I am an Indonesian,” said Nicholas Jouwe.

He gets a lot of information on Papua development.

He admitted that Papua is much more progress than 40 years ago. People were living in stone-age then. Now, it is modern life in Papua.


OPM kill policeman

February 17, 2010

Jayapura — Police are investigating whether Papuan Separatism Movement (OPM) are responsible for the fatal shooting Monday of a policeman who was guarding a gas station in Indonesian province of Papua, a report said.

Four gunmen of OPM shot Sgt. Sharul, and stole his gun in the town of Mulia near the Freeport gold and copper mine, the Antara news agency quoted Puncak Jaya district police Chief Aleks Korwa as saying. Read the rest of this entry »


Press Release West Papua National Coalition: The OPM Claim the Recent Shooting

January 28, 2010

The OPM claimed responsibility for killings or shootings around the mining area, including the recent shooting on Mile 60 on 24th January 2010.

“The OPM has claimed every involvement in this shooting. The shooting is aiming to drive to the process of dialogue in West Papua. Therefore, this type of action will be stop when the dialogue is in a good progress”, said Dr. Otto Ondawame, leader of the OPM and Vice Chairman of the WPNCL.

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Suharto in Inside Indonesia

February 6, 2008

Most of Western media coverage on Suharto is in a bad tatste. Just like in my previous article titled The Death of Suharto, I would like to add one more comment on a subjective Western perspective. This time I will write a brief comment to an article in one of the most important Foreign Journal on Indonesia, Inside IndonesiaRead the rest of this entry »