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Indonesia’s political system has ‘failed minorities’ – like West Papuans

By   /  April 16, 2019  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

“Violence on post-Suharto Indonesia, from Aceh to West Papua, from Kalimantan to the Moluccas, is evidence that Java-centric nationalism is unable to distribute power fairly in an imagined Indonesia. It has created unnecessary paranoia and racism among Indonesian migrants in West Papua.” – Andreas Harsono

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‘Blacklisted’ Indonesian studies researcher detained in Bali airport

By   /  August 4, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

“This is not a joke: I’m blacklisted by the Indonesian government. Saya termasuk dalam daftar tangkal Indonesia (terjemahan dibawah). I’ve been refused entry to Bali and have been held in a room at Denpasar airport on a couch since midnight… I explained I was on a holiday.”

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Contrasting accounts of Indonesian genocide and betrayal in West Papua

By   /  July 18, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Two damning and contrasting books about Indonesian colonialism in the Pacific, both by activist participants in Europe and New Zealand, have recently been published. Overall, they are excellent exposes of the harsh repression of the Melanesian people of West Papua and a world that has largely closed a blind eye to to human rights violations.

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The Ben Bohane photo that Facebook censored on an article about Indonesia

By   /  April 24, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

The original version of this photo, of West Papuan nambas (traditional penis gourds), which was published in the weekend edition of the family newspaper Vanuatu Daily Post and then by Asia Pacific Report, was deemed to have breached Facebook’s “community standards”. The photo was by award-winning photojournalist Ben Bohane, who lives in Vanuatu and whose work was published recently in the PMC book Conflict, Culture and Conscience.

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GUEST BLOG: Maire Leadbeater – 60 Years of diplomatic relations with Indonesia: black marks on the record card

By   /  February 27, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a snazzy theme to promote the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with Indonesia: ‘60 years as friends for good’.

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Activists, media freedom advocates plan ‘global action’ for West Papua

By   /  April 26, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Freedom advocates and human rights activists will next week focus global attention on the “media blackout” long imposed by Indonesian authorities on West Papua, in spite of promises to open up access to the two adjoining independent Papua New Guinea.

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Journalism as it plays out on the ‘real’ human rights frontlines

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

The inaugural Pogau Award for courage in journalism: “Every year this award will always remind us about the human rights abuses never addressed in Indonesia since the 1965 massacre.”

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