A decade on, asylum-seekers’ struggle for West Papua

West Papua Refugees on Boat to Australia
EXCLUSIVE DEBORAH CASSRELS, JOURNALIST@cassrelsd Under cover of darkness, 43 West Papuan asylum-seekers clambered aboard a dugout canoe at midnight. The cue to flee Indon­esian persecution in the province of West Papua in January 2006 was urgent. They had been subjected to brutal repression at the hands of the Indonesian regime. Reports of government-sanctioned murders, political assassinations,...

West Papuan asylum seekers to be sent to camp on PNG-Indonesian border

Yacob Mechrian Mandabayan is one of seven West Papuans deported to Papua New Guinea after seeking asylum from Australia. Photograph: Freedom Flotilla
Group of seven who were deported from Australia fear kidnapping by Indonesia if sent to remote border camp Seven West Papuans who claimed asylum in Australia have been told they will be sent to a remote camp in Papua New Guinea on the border of Indonesia – the country they are fleeing from. The group, including a woman and a 10-year-old child, landed on Boigu Island in the Torres...