Some 60,000 people have been displaced by fighting between Papuan separatists and the Indonesian military in Nduga Regency. One group of refugees are stranded far from home, without jobs, schools, quality healthcare or any sign of the conflict’s end.
Media Work as Resistance
A graphic summary of New Naratif’s study of media freedom in Southeast Asia, drawn from media workers’ experiences and challenges.
“I Am Human, Just Like You”
The story of Benny Wenda, a Papuan activist living in exile in Oxford, and how his own childhood experiences led him to where he is today.
The Unbroken Spirit of Benny Wenda
Now in exile, activist Benny Wenda leads the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, advocating for the independence of a homeland half a world away.
NN Explains: The Indonesian Presidential Elections
Indonesians will vote for their next president on 17 April. If you aren’t familiar with the Indonesian presidential election process, here’s an explainer to get you up to speed.
Akan Datang: Election fever creeping up on the region
This week in Southeast Asia: elections are creeping up on countries around the region, Indonesia grapples with flooding, and Sabah and Sarawak are left hanging waiting for a constitutional amendment in Malaysia.
The Steep Path: West Papua’s Political Prisoners
For Papuan political prisoners, being locked up is not the end. Committed as they are to the struggle for independence, many prisoners continue to fight for their cause upon release, even as they struggle to pick up the pieces of their disrupted lives.
The Elephant in the Newsroom
Human rights groups and foreign journalists are often barred from entering West Papua, allowing the Indonesian authorities to control the narrative. Local journalists are fighting back by reporting on human rights abuses, often at risk to their own safety.
Explainer: What’s Going On in West Papua?
Little is known about West Papua, a region usually closed off to human rights groups and foreign journalists. Yet the human rights situation in the region is dire, and deserving of more international attention.