Stories About ‘Papua’

The following stories talk about the subject ‘Papua’.

AIDS around the country; Papua

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010, by . 9 Comments
AIDS Commission of Indonesia

Incidence, prevalence rates, and other statistics on AIDS in Indonesia, with Papua province being the worst affected.

Indonesia’s Claim to Papua

Saturday, October 30th, 2010, by . 100 Comments

Indonesia’s claim to Papua is self-contradictory. One cannot claim (as Indonesians often claim) that the Dutch presence in Indonesia was illegitimate and that the borders of the Netherlands Indies were mainly fixed by violence (as they were) and appeal to this same presence and these same borders as a basis for a legitimate Indonesian claim. The only open avowal of this inconsistency from an Indonesian that I have come across is the lecture that Dr. George Aditjondro gave some fifteen years ago for the Monash Asia Institute in Melbourne (see

Of course very much the same situation holds for other parts of Indonesia but for many of those one can, more or less convincingly, claim that they were somehow, though often only marginally, involved in the struggle for independence and that the Sukarno-Hatta declaration of the 17th of August 1945 was therefore at least implicitly accepted as being valid in and for these regions as well.

No such claim can be made for Papua. Papuans only knew Indonesians then as the Ambonnese and Keiese who served as teachers or in the lower ranks of the administration. They were by and large not popular. There was already then a definite “anti-Amberi” sentiment. Also, Papua was only partly occupied by the Japanese and these could not promote in the occupied part a nascent nationalist anti-western movement because that simply did not exist (the Koreri movement in the Biak-Numfor area was quite a different kettle of fish). Furthermore, the Americans, with some Dutch involvement, liberated Papua about one year before the Japanese surrendered in Java. Thus the Dutch administration had either been continued throughout the war or been properly restored in other parts well before the Sukarno-Hatta declaration was made.

I quote from the English language summary of the thus far most thorough study of the preliminaries of the so-called “Act of Free Choice”, that which Professor Pieter Drooglever was commissioned to write by the then Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Aartsen (“Een Daad van Vrije Keuze” 2005):

“The development of Indonesian nationalism entirely passed the Papuans by … (also) New Guinea had, in most respects, a different occupation history than the rest of Indonesia. It was only partially occupied. The Dutch influence continued to prevail in the south and in the interior. The occupation was also shorter and the island was liberated by the American army in the middle of 1944 already. The Dutch were also involved in this, and quickly took the administration back into their own hands. As a result, the restoration of power took place well before the independent Indonesian Republic was proclaimed on Java on 17 August 1945.”

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Indonesia Hotel Picks

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010, by . 19 Comments

Boy picking noseLonely Planet's picks for the best hotel and hostel accommodation in Indonesia.

Lonely Planet’s Indonesia Highlights

Saturday, March 13th, 2010, by . 20 Comments

A discussion of Indonesia's finest, according to Indonesia's best travel guide, Lonely Planet.

Proscribed Books

Monday, December 28th, 2009, by . 59 Comments

Latest book bannings from the Attorney General's Office, revisionist history and religious pluralism.

Football Racism & Persipura

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009, by . 14 Comments

A day in Indonesian soccer, locker room rage, racism, Persipura & Arema slug it out.

Kopassus & Police Brutality

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009, by . 24 Comments

Two international reports on police and military brutality and abuses of human rights.

Judicial Review Cases, UU Porno

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009, by . 187 Comments

Educating the public about the pornography bill and legal challenges against UU Porno at the Constitutional Court.

Land of the 5-Star Resort?

Sunday, March 1st, 2009, by . 11 Comments

Chris wonders about travel writers’ priorities when selecting Indonesian tourist attraction highlights.

Causes of Disunity

Friday, February 6th, 2009, by . 258 Comments

Another East Timor in Papua, lack of development in the province, and racism by other Indonesians towards Papuans.

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