Posts Tagged ‘West Papua’

West Papua Catholics call on their bishop to quit Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018
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Catholics in Indonesia’s West Papua province of Manokwari-Sorong are calling on Bishop Hilarion Datus Lega to quit. They want the “foreign” bishop to be replaced by a native-born Papuan priest. Lega was born on Flores Island in Nusa Tenggara Timur, the southernmost province of Indonesia. The anger allegedly stems from a dispute between two priests that turned into an Read more

West Papuans face human rights violations – Church group says Comments 0

Monday, December 18th, 2017
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After a visit to Indonesian-controlled West Papua, the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) says the indigenous West Papuans face “grave human rights violations and repression….in their own homeland”. A three-member pastoral solidarity team spent four days in West Papua with an “intensive” programme of visits and meetings. “Indigenous West Papuans shared with the CCA delegation Read more

Indonesia’s comments on West Papua fail to impress Churches Comments 0

Thursday, September 14th, 2017
West Papua independence movement protest campaign in Samoa

The Pacific Conference of Churches says it is unimpressed by comments made by Indonesian officials about a protest over West Papua at the recent Pacific Island Forum Leaders’ Summit in Apia. Indonesia’s Ambassador to Samoa, Tonga and New Zealand, Tantowi Yahya, says protesters supporting West Papua independence should have sought a government permit before they Read more

Priest to be mediator in Indonesia West Papua dialogue Comments 0

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Various Papuan civil society, church and customary leaders met with Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo last month about establishing dialogue over problems in Papua. Terms of reference for the dialogue are not known yet, but the Jakarta meeting agreed on the Catholic priest, Dr Neles Tebay, taking on a mediator role. Continue reading Related Posts:West Papua Read more

Catholic Church calls for protection of cultural integrity in West Papua Comments 0

Monday, August 14th, 2017
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There has been a call to protect the livelihood and cultural integrity of the people of West Papua. The situation in West Papua was one of the main focuses in a statement issued at the end of their recent meeting in Auckland by the Executive Committee of the Federation of Catholic Bishops. They called for: Read more

Catholic leaders in West Papua need to speak out on human rights issues ‎ Comments 0

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

A priest in Jayapura has added his voice to the growing call for the Catholic church to speak out about human rights issues in West Papua. Father Nico Syukur Dister who is is Professor at the Fajar Timur School of Philosophy and Theology in Jayapura accepts there are a variety of opinions on the question Read more

Bishop says official inaction contributed to alcohol linked deaths in Papua Comments 0

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

An Indonesian bishop has accused local authorities in Papua of ignoring an alcohol ban, saying their inaction has contributed to a spate of deaths linked to the consumption of bootleg liquor. According to Papua police, 86 people have died, 264 have been seriously injured and 839 injured slightly since 2013 in alcohol-related incidents. Papua governor Read more

Maori students in NZ march for West Papua Comments 0

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Hundreds of Māori students marched to New Zealand’s parliament today calling for freedom for West Papua. The march was met at the steps of parliament by MPs from various political parties, who spoke of their concern about Indonesian state oppression in the Papua region. Continue reading Related Posts:5000 stage rally calling for Papuan IndependenceCatholic students Read more

Catholic students in Indonesia say listen to people of Papua Comments 1

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Indonesian Catholic students have called on the government to listen to the grievances of the people of Papua and resolve longstanding conflicts. The call was made at the end of a four-day Catholic Student Association of the Republic of Indonesia conference in Jayapura on July 31. Conference participants — association members from 70 chapters across Read more

Pacific churches back UN complaint over Papua Comments 0

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

The Pacific Conference of Churches is backing a formal legal complaint to the UN Human Rights Council accusing Indonesia of human rights violations in West Papua. The Dutch human rights law firm, Prakken D’Oliveira, has submitted the complaint to the UN Human Rights Council. It details vast and continuing alleged human rights violations by the Read more