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Papuan self-determination movement: Where is it heading?

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 12 2019   /  01:00 am
Energized: Papuans and human rights activists participate in a rally in front of the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Aug. 22. They were demanding the government punish perpetrators of racial abuse against Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java, or hold a referendum to free Papua and West Papua. The government has suspended military members allegedly involved in the Surabaya incident.(JP/Seto Wardhana)(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Energized: Papuans and human rights activists participate in a rally in front of the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Aug. 22. They were demanding the government punish perpetrators of racial abuse against Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java, or hold a referendum to free Papua and West Papua. The government has suspended military members allegedly involved in the Surabaya incident.(JP/Seto Wardhana)The recent protests in Papua, West Papua and other regions have brought the issue of a Papuan referendum on self-determination to the forefront of the national debate.The central government has said that a referendum is not an option, with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo saying that the issue of Papuan sovereignty had already been “resolved”.Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto has also dismissed calls for a Papuan referendum, despite increasing calls ...