West Papua refugees share their stories at Lithgow forum

Bas Fairio and Sonny Karubaba
West Papuan refugees Bas Fairio and Sonny Karubaba shared their stories with members of the community at the Lithgow and District Workmen’s Club on Saturday, December 8. Event organiser, Lithgow RN and West Papuan human rights advocate Anthony Craig, said he hoped their stories would encourage people to learn more about the plight of West Papuan refugees and to advocate for change. Mr...

Flag of West Papua flies outside Lithgow Council | Photos

Patianus Kogoya, Roger Bowen and Lithgow's Anthony Craig with the Morning Star flag of West Papua outside the Lithgow City Council offices on Friday, December 1. Picture: HOSEA LUY
Hosea Luy The Morning Star flag of West Papua was hoisted alongside its Australian and Australian Aboriginal counterparts outside the Lithgow City Council offices on Friday, December 1. Lithgow resident Anthony Craig decided to make the stand to bring attention to what he has previously described as the “slow-motion genocide” of the people of West Papua. Mr Craig is also...

Komnas HAM dan UNHCR Sepakat Kerja Sama Lindungi Pengungsi

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — Komisi Nasional Hak Asasi Manusia (Komnas HAM) dan Badan PBB untuk urusan pengungsi (UNHCR) sepakat meneruskan kerja sama meningkatkan advokasi dan perlindungan terhadap HAM pengungsi dan pihak lain yang berada di bawah mandat UNHCR di Indonesia. Kerja sama tersebut tertuang dalam nota kesepahaman yang diawali pada tanggal 28 Juli 2015 untuk kerja sama periode 2015-2018,...

Resettlement in PNG was never a viable option

WATNA MORI. https://www.lowyinstitute.org/ When funding stops for the Manus Island refugees, so does the ability to care. In mid-2015 I was approached to work as a claims assistance provider at the Manus Regional Processing Centre. Initially, I was hesitant because I did not want to be part of an arrangement I believed was morally, if not legally, reprehensible. The processing of asylum seekers...

Local nurse organises conference on West Papua

Patianus Kogoya, Roger Bowen and Lithgow's Anthony Craig with the Morning Star flag of West Papua outside the Lithgow City Council. Picture: HOSEA LUY
Phoebe Moloney Lithgow resident and local nurse Anthony Craig has organised a series of speakers to present at Lithgow Workmen’s Club on an issue close to his heart.  Three speakers, including Walkley-award winning journalist Mark Davis, will take the stage at a forum on West Papua on Saturday, February 3.  The speakers will be addressing the conflict and human rights abuses in...

West Papuans swimming for freedom

West Papuan campaigner Yanto Awerkion, who was arrested in June this year for gathering signatures on a petition. Image from Benny Wenda
A crucial message for the UN is being delivered across Lake Geneva in a most unusual way, writes Danny Chivers. The New Internationalist Could you swim for 30 hours? Right now, a six-person swimming team is preparing to do exactly that, relay-style, across the 69 kilometres of Lake Geneva. On Monday 28 August, they will set off across the water, carrying a message from more than 160,000 people...