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Jakarta Post

Indonesia seeks to calm nerves on Papua as internet access gradually restored

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 5, 2019   /  02:02 pm
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Papuan students grouped under the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) hold a protest in front of the Merdeka Palace in Central Jakarta on Aug. 28. In the protests, they reject racial abuse and demand the government retract the internet blackout in West Papua and Papua. (JP/Donny Fernando)

Indonesia has taken swift action to prevent international fallout from the worrying situation in its easternmost provinces, following weeks of protests and deadly riots that have seen a government-imposed internet blackout – ostensibly to stem the tide of misinformation – gradually overturned. The nation’s diplomats in Geneva, Switzerland, have taken care to brief United Nations’ High Commissioner on Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on developments in Papua ahead of the UN official’s first annual press briefing on Wednesday, padding any possible criticism over the issue. Led by Ambassador Hasan Kleib, the Indonesian Permanent Mission to the UN held a series of meetings and contacts with officials from Bachelet's office a few days before the press conference and immediately after rioting unfurled in Papua. Hasan said his team had detailed efforts i...