west papua

Indonesian forces detain dozens at West Papua university
More than 40 people taken into custody at the University of Cenderawasih in Jayapura
By Helen Davidson

Dozens of students and activists have been detained by Indonesian security forces at a West Papua university.

It comes amid fatal shootouts in the region and the release of a high-profile activist from prison.

More than 40 people were taken into custody at the University of Cenderawasih campus in Jayapura on Wednesday morning, according to the National Committee for West Papua (KNPB), and were still being questioned on Wednesday afternoon.

The university is considered one of West Papua’s top institutions and has a history of student activism and violent clashes with Indonesian authorities.

Gustaf Kawer, who is part of the Association of Human Rights Lawyers for Papua, told Guardian Australia three women and 41 men had been detained and taken to mobile police (Brimob) facilities where his team was able to meet with them, and then transferred to police headquarters in Jayapura.

“No formal charges have yet been issued. Usually in cases like this they use the ‘makar’ provision of the law for rebellion – a broad allegation the state can make,” Kawar said through a translator.

“This detention happened without proper warrant or any proper documentation of any kind. Normally there is a clear legal procedure but those procedures were not followed in this case.”

Continue reading: The Guardian


Because human rights organizations and journalists are not allowed to enter West Papua. and because of the Indonesian suppression of free speech and the press the West Papuan struggle for independence is one of the lesser known such struggles. Few people know or care about the human rights abuses and suppression of the indigenous Papuan population by Indonesia, and in the case of the Netherlands I would say this is especially shameful. 

After Indonesia gained independence from the Netherlands it also claimed West Papua with the promise to allow them a referendum later on about independence. This referendum was held in 1969 and was a complete sham, but was still recognized by the UN. The KNPB or the West Papuan National Committee is the peaceful branch of the West Papuan liberation movement. Many of the leading KNPB members have been murdered by Indonesia. The West Papuan National Liberation Army is the organization engaged in armed struggle against the Indonesian occupiers.

In this documentary undercover Al-Jazeera journalists visit with the leader of the KNPB to pay some much needed attention to their struggle.  Watch the documentary here: [video]


The people of West Papua have been suffering under Indonesian occupation since 1962. Over 500,000 civilians have been killed, and thousands more have been raped, tortured and imprisoned. Foreign media and human rights groups are banned from operating in West Papua, so people rarely hear about the situation there. The Free West Papua Campaign is bringing the story of West Papua to the world and campaigning for freedom and justice in West Papua, to end the violence of the last 50 years.

With the arrival of Christianity in West Papua, the mountains were stripped of mystery and magic; what had been numinous became mere matter. Minable matter. When I spoke to the aged rainmaker about the missionaries and mines, he said, “I’m really angry about that. When villages become Christian, they want mines, and it’s not good to mine the mountain. Here, we don’t want mines; the power of the mountain spirit keeps the soil, plants and animals healthy.” …
Some Papuans have declared missionaries one of the four greatest threats to ecological and cultural survival.
—  Wild: An Elemental Journey | Jay Griffiths (p. 325)

rocky--road  asked:

This is a question specifically for Diva, since she is also an Indonesian. Diva, you know that a lot (not that lot but pretty many) of Indonesians have dreadlocks, right? What do you think abt it? Is it CA? As far as I know, we have no 'history' with dreadlocks.

Hello, empty blog. I’m still not sure why some of the questions I get come from blogs which are empty, but anyways let’s get right to it.


So, it depends on which dreadlocks we’re talking about because Indonesians have dreadlocks for two different reasons, which are:

1. Bob Marley enthusiasts that mixes shrooms with Fanta and milk, listens to shoegaze or reggae and smells like kretek cigarette/Bintang beer (sass aside, this is obviously cultural appropriation)

2. Cultural reasons. Yes, guess what? We do have history with dreadlocks. From what I gather at the moment, it’s in West Papua

and Central Java.

So, there you go!

As always, Indonesian followers that want to add on to this or if I am unclear and want to clarify something, please do not hesitate to let me know.

- Diva