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New church report alleges 'slow motion genocide' in West Papua

The Catholic report says Muslims are being radicalised in the once predominantly Christian Papuan provinces, and very active militias are burning down Papuan houses.

The report was compiled by the Brisbane Catholic Justice and Peace Commission's Shadow Human Rights Fact Finding Mission to West Papua, following a visit last month.

It has not yet been publicly released, nor comment sought from Indonesian authorities.

Indonesia not willing to discuss Papua with MSG leader

At a meeting in New Caledonia the FLNKS spokesman, Victor Tutugoro, said the issue of West Papua must be pursued with vigour by the MSG.

The chair of the MSG, Solomons' prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, said the issue of West Papua is dear to the hearts of Solomon Islanders.

He says the significance of this is manifested in the Solomons' appointment of a special envoy on West Papua last year.

MSG Chair to facilitate Indo-Papua discussion

West Papua has seen a low-level separatist war since Jakarta took over the former Dutch colony in the 1960s.

Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare made the proposal in Honiara this week to a ULMWP delegation led by their secretary general Octo Mote.

The memberships of both Indonesia and the ULMWP were the highlight of last year's MSG summit in Solomon Islands with the former securing associate membership and the latter observer status in the sub-regional Melanesian body.

Indonesia warns other countries to respect its sovereignty over Papua

  Yamizard Ryacudu said Indonesia had “never disrupted or caused disruptions in other countries” and it expected the same of other nations regarding Papua and its long-running independence movement.

“There are countries that are getting involved in the issue of Papua. For us, Papua is [part] of the united Republic of Indonesia. The united Republic of Indonesia extends from Sabang [in Sumatra] to Papua. There is no other solution, that’s it, that’s the way it is,” Ryacudu said in Sydney on Monday.

Indonesian intelligence agency to form Papua peace taskforce

Tabloid Jubi reports the BIN chairman Sutiyoso saying the Task Force is composed of representatives from BIN and the Army Special Forces (Kopassus) who have extensive experience in Papua.

According to Sutiyoso, separatism in Papua can be ended by prioritising the fulfilment of public welfare in the region.

He says separatism exists in small, widely dispersed groups in Papua.

However the chairman says separatism should be taken seriously, and that a persuasive approach must be prioritised by Indonesia's government.

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PM: our soldiers hunting for border kidnap gang

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PNG Defence Force troops are searching around the border with Indonesia for two foreigners allegedly being held against their will.

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PM: our soldiers hunting for border kidnap gang

The Prime Minister Peter O’Neill tonight confirmed that “a group of individuals’’ were being sought over the missing men.

He said two Indonesian men are believed to have been captured and being held “against their will’’ near the border with Indonesia.

But the Prime Minister gave no other details of the two men or where the incident had happened along the border.

The Prime Minister said it would not be appropriate to release further information at this time on the current operation.

Jakarta dispatches 950-strong force to PNG border

The soldiers were sent from the Central Java and Yogyakarta command posts.

The Jakarta Post reports they travelled by war ships and will be stationed along the 760 kilometre land border.

Major General Jaswandi, who is overseeing the deployment, says it is a routine assignment and the soldiers will also be preventing illegal logging practices.

They will be stationed there for nine months before being replaced.

Forum Chair to ask Indonesia about fact-finding mission

The situation in Indonesia's eastern region was one of the main issues discussed at this week's Forum summit in Port Moresby amid intensive lobbying by civil society for more scrutiny on abuses in Papua.

Peter O'Neill says the concerns have been taken seriously by the Forum leaders.

West Papua special envoy criticises Indonesia

Since the admission of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) as an observer to the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare appointed a Special Envoy on West Papua to highlight the situation in West Papua.

Member of Parliament, Matthew Wale is in Port Moresby this week to reach out to Pacific Leaders and remind them of their moral responsibility towards the sufferings of the more than 10 million West Papuans in Indonesia.