Hush-hushing the whole matter: The UNHCR, Australia, and West Papuan Refugees

Klaus Neumann, Click to Read Details: HERE Abstract Between 1962 and 1973, thousands of refugees crossed from the Indonesian-controlled western half of the island of New Guinea into the Australian-controlled eastern half. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) refrained from becoming involved in the issue, and from publicly criticizing the Australian government over […]

West Papua Refugees in Port Moresby, Supporting Benny Wenda

West Papuan Refugees

There are currently around 10,400 West Papuan refugees living in East Awin and in border camps in Papua New Guinea and up to 150 living in exile overseas. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Papua New Guinea government recognises those in East Awin as refugees. The more than 7,000 living in […]

West Papuan Refugees Rainbow Settlement

West Papuan Refugees in Papua New Guinea: On the Way to Citizenship?

Jenny Munro, In Brief 2016/19 At Rainbow settlement in Port Moresby, 38 families of West Papuan heritage live in a drainage ditch approximately 100  metres wide by 200 metres long. To one side, the neighbours’ retaining wall contains pipes which direct runoff water and rain directly into the settlement. On the other side of the […]