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...

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,...