Posts with tag: Papua

The return of Indonesia's Human Rights Court brings new promise and old problems

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The first case heard at the Human Rights Court in more than 16 years saw some improvements in the performance of judges and efforts to guarantee transparency, but many familiar problems.

Megawati’s ‘joke’ exposes the classist and racist views of the political elite

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Former President Megawati Soejarnoputri has been widely criticised for comments she made about West Papuans and meatball soup sellers (tukang bakso).

Farewell Richard Chauvel (1946–2022)

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Edward Aspinall reflects on the life and career of the much-respected scholar of eastern Indonesia, Richard Chauvel, who died on 1 April.

Best of 2021

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Indonesia at Melbourne will be taking a short break over the New Year period. Here we present the articles and episodes that attracted your attention in 2021. We look forward to seeing you again in mid-January 2022!

Luhut reporting activists for defamation is another blow to freedom of expression

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Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan's report against human rights activists Haris Azhar and Fatia Maulidiyanti is the latest case in a worrying trend where public officials have weaponised defamation provisions to silence critics.

Talking Indonesia: Papua and special autonomy

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What impact, if any, has special autonomy had on ongoing conflict in Papua? What will the recent extension of special autonomy mean for the provinces? Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues and more with Hipolitus Wangge in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

The Indonesian government's approach to Papua is starting to look like insanity

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Jakarta has repeatedly taken a security approach to addressing problems in Papua, a pattern reflected in its recent decision to label armed separatist groups in Papua as terrorists.

First ‘separatists’, now ‘terrorists’: another way for Indonesia to avoid solving West Papuans' historical grievances

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The government's recent decision to label West Papuan resistance groups as ‘terrorists’ will have serious implications for the future of conflict resolution in the region.

Best of 2020

Indonesia at Melbourne will again be taking a break over the Christmas and New Year period. Here we list the most popular articles and podcast episodes, plus a few of our favourites, from 2020. We look forward to seeing you again when we return in January.

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