World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Papua conflict

Article Id: WHEBN0021657843
Reproduction Date:

Title: Papua conflict  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Internal conflict in Myanmar, 1999 East Timorese crisis, Kurdish separatism in Iran, Kashmir conflict, Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen
Collection: 20Th-Century Conflicts, 21St-Century Conflicts, Conflicts in 1969, Conflicts in 1970, Conflicts in 1971, Conflicts in 1972, Conflicts in 1973, Conflicts in 1974, Conflicts in 1975, Conflicts in 1976, Conflicts in 1977, Conflicts in 1978, Conflicts in 1979, Conflicts in 1980, Conflicts in 1981, Conflicts in 1982, Conflicts in 1983, Conflicts in 1984, Conflicts in 1985, Conflicts in 1986, Conflicts in 1987, Conflicts in 1988, Conflicts in 1989, Conflicts in 1990, Conflicts in 2013, Conflicts in 2014, Ongoing Conflicts, Politics of Indonesia, Secession in Indonesia, Separatist Rebellion-Based Civil Wars, Western New Guinea
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Papua conflict

Papua conflict

New Guinea
Date 1969–Present
Location Papua Province, Indonesia
Status Ongoing
Papua (province)
  • Papua New Guinea border spillages
  • Mainly Papua province
Papua New Guinea (on/off since 1980s)
Supported by:
 United States
Free Papua Movement
Supported by:
Commanders and leaders
Joko Widodo
Jusuf Kalla
Peter O'Neill
Jacob Prai
Casualties and losses
150,000 to over 400,000 dead in total[1][2]

The Papua conflict is an ongoing low-level conflict between the Indonesian Government and portions of the indigenous populations of

  • Free West Papua Campaign - Organization based in Australia supports secession
  • Papua Conflict Videos
  • Amnesty International's Campaign to Free Filep Karma
  • Free West Papua Campaign

External links

  • Richard Chauvel, Ikrar Nusa Bhakti, The Papua conflict: Jakarta's perceptions and policies, 2004, ISBN 1-932728-08-2, ISBN 978-1-932728-08-8
  • Esther Heidbüchel, The West Papua conflict in Indonesia: actors, issues and approaches, 2007, ISBN 3-937983-10-4, ISBN 978-3-937983-10-3
  • J. Budi Hernawan, Papua land of peace: addressing conflict building peace in West Papua, 2005
  • Blair A. King, Peace in Papua: widening a window of opportunity, 2006, ISBN 0-87609-357-8, ISBN 978-0-87609-357-3

Further reading

  1. ^ George, William Lloyd (2011-07-17). "No Man's Island".  
  2. ^ a b c Philippe Pataud Celerier, Autonomy isn’t independence; Indonesian democracy stops in Papua, Le Monde Diplomatique, June 2010
  3. ^ "Papua als Teil Indonesiens". Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  4. ^ a b c Pike, John (2009-04-17). "Free Papua Movement".  
  5. ^ "Protest and Punishment" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  6. ^ "Protest and Punishment | Human Rights Watch". 2007-02-20. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  7. ^ Singh, Bilveer (2008). Papua: Geopolitics and the Quest for Nationhood.  
  8. ^ Penders, Christian Lambert Maria (2002). The West New Guinea Debacle: Dutch Decolonization and Indonesia, 1945-1962.  
  9. ^ Bilveer Singh, page 2
  10. ^ Lintner, Bertil (January 21, 2009). "Papuans Try to Keep Cause Alive". Jakarta Globe. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  11. ^ Heidbüchel, Esther (2007). The West Papua Conflict in Indonesia: Actors, Issues, and Approaches. Johannes Herrmann Verlag. pp. 87–89. 
  12. ^ May, Ronald James (2001). State and Society in Papua New Guinea: The First Twenty-Five Years. ANU E Press. pp. 238, 269, 294. 
  13. ^ King, Peter (2004). West Papua & Indonesia since Suharto: Independence, Autonomy, or Chaos?.  
  14. ^ Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization. "West Papua: Nobel Prize Desmond Tutu calls on UN to act". Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Violence and Political Impasse in Papua" 10 (10).  
  16. ^ "Indonesia". 2002-03-04. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  17. ^ 'Violence, a US mining giant, and Papua politics', by Dan Murphy, Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 3, 2002 retvd 5 14 14
  18. ^ "Free Papua Movement". Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  19. ^ Papua separatists' kill six civilians, JAKARTA POST"'". Worldsources Online. October 15, 2004. 
  20. ^ "LEAD: 4 security personnel killed in clash over U.S. mine. | Goliath Business News". 2006-03-20. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  21. ^ "INDONESIA: The killing of a Papuan at a demonstration remains unpunished — Asian Human Rights Commission". Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  22. ^ a b c d e [1]
  23. ^ "Separatists attack Indonesia's Papua, killing one soldier_English_Xinhua". 2009-03-14. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  24. ^ "Police blame group for election attacks « Free West Papua – For a Free and Independent West Papua". 2009-04-25. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  25. ^ "Violence in West Papua « Free West Papua – For a Free and Independent West Papua". 2009-04-11. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  26. ^ Moestafa, Berni (2009-07-11). "Freeport Indonesia Employee Shot Dead in Attack Near Papua Mine". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  27. ^ "INDONESIA: Police and soldiers burn houses and destroy resources in Papua's Bolakme district — Asian Human Rights Commission". Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  28. ^ SD. "Pour convaincre, la vérité ne peut suffire: Une insurrection oubliée en Papouasie indonésienne". Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  29. ^ "Fears for more tension in Mimika after killing of Papua’s Kwalik". 2010-01-22. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  30. ^ "OPM Denies Responsibility for Ambush And Calls Police Accusation ‘Baseless’". The Jakarta Globe. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  31. ^ "AWPA Calls Rudd To Raise West Papua With Indonesia". Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  32. ^ "West Papua Report April 2010: OPM ceasefire call, Troop increase, Merauke food estate, State Dept.HR". Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  33. ^ a b c "West Papua Report June 2010". Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  34. ^ "Brimob Officer on Trail Of OPM Gunned Down". The Jakarta Globe. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  35. ^ "West Papua Report July 2010". 1961-12-01. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  36. ^ "Assailant Shoots Police Officer in Jayapura". The Jakarta Globe. 2011-06-24. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  37. ^ a b "Soldier Killed in Another Ambush in Papua". The Jakarta Globe. 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  38. ^ "Un soldat et trois civils tués dans une attaque en Indonésie - Actualité Asie". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  39. ^ "(Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Australia Network News. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  40. ^ "OPM launched double attacks against civilians: Police". The Jakarta Post. 2011-08-01. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  41. ^ a b "Separatists Kill Soldier, Attack Chopper in Papua: Police". The Jakarta Globe. 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  42. ^ "Forces raid Papuan independence gathering". Al Jazeera. 2011-10-22. Retrieved 2011-10-22. 
  43. ^ "West Papua Report November 2011". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  44. ^ "Police officer killed in Papua". 2011-12-02. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  45. ^ "Two policemen die in Papua shootout". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  46. ^ "Soldiers Kill Suspected OPM Member in Gunfight". The Jakarta Globe. 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  47. ^ "'"Kompas - Penembakan Mako Tabuni Hingga Tewas Dipertanyakan. 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  48. ^ "'"BBC News - Indonesian army helicopter 'shot at in Papua. 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  49. ^ "East west Centre - border gun battle in PNG". 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2014-12-10. 
  50. ^ "OPM member killed in shoot out". 2014-09-18. Retrieved 2014-10-13. 
  51. ^ "Hundreds of rounds of ammunition confiscated at Sentani Airport". Retrieved 2014-10-13. 


See also

  • January 24, 2010: Rebels ambushed a convoy of mining company PT Freeport McMoran employess. Nine people were injured, OPM denied responsibility.[30]
  • March 1, 2010: The Australian West Papua Association in Sydney said that the situation in West Papua is deteriorating. Since last July there have been 14 incidents of shootings around the Grasberg mine, Freeport's copper and gold mine, these attacks had killed at least 3 and injured 13.[31]
  • March 23, 2010: Rebels attacked an Indonesian military convoy, Injuring some of the soldiers in the convoy.[32]
  • May, 2010 : The OPM were suspected of killing 3 workers at a construction site, In retaliation the Indonesian military raided a village leaving at least 2 dead and a woman raped while houses in 3 villages were burned by the military.[33]
  • May 17, 2010: The army attacked a base of OPM killing one suspected militant.[33]
  • May 21, 2010: Militants attacked members of the Indonesian army near Yambi, 75 km from Mulia. No casualties were reported.[33]
  • June 15, 2010: An officer of the Indonesian elite police was shot dead during a patrol, Eight firearms were also stolen by the rebels.[34]
  • July, 2010: 12 houses and two churches were destroyed and a woman was raped during an Indonesian army operation to capture Goliath Tabuni.[35]
  • June 23, 2011: A police officer from Jayapura, was shot by alleged members of the Free Papua Movement.[36]
  • July 6, 2011: Three soldiers were shot during a clash with unknown attackers in Kalome village, Tingginambut district.[37]
  • July 20, 2011: An Indonesian soldier was killed in an ambush against a military security squad in Puncak Jaya district in Papua.[37]
  • July 31, 2011: Rebels attacked a car in Papua with guns, axes and knives killing one soldier and three civilians and also wounding seven, OPM denied responsibility.[38][39]
  • August 1, 2011: The National Police said that members of the Free Papua Movement killed four civilians near Tanjakan Gunung Merah, Paniai.[40]
  • August 2, 2011: A soldier guarding a military post in Tingginambut was shot dead. In the town of Mulia two shootings targeted the police and military injuring one soldier.[41]
  • August 3, 2011: Separatists shot at an army helicopter as it evacuated the body of a soldier they had allegedly killed.[41]
  • October 22, 2011: Al Jazeera published footage of an independence gathering that was attacked by Indonesian security forces. At least five people were killed.[42][43]
  • December 2, 2011: An officer from Jayapura Police office was found dead next to a river on Thursday after he was allegedly slain by a group wielding arrows and daggers. OPM was blamed.[44]
  • December 5, 2011: Two policemen were killed in Puncak Jaya during an exchange of gunfire with suspected members of the Free Papua Movement.[45]
  • December 12, 2011: police attacked the headquarters of a local cell of the OPM. The police seized firearms, ammunition, knives, combat gear, documents, Morning Star flags and killed 14 militants.[46]
  • In 2012, West Papuan National Committee's (KNPB) Chairman Mako Tabuni died in hospital after sustained shooting injury during an arrest attempt by Jayapura police department.[47]
  • February 22, 2013, a military helicopter was damaged by ground fire while attempting to remove the bodies of soldiers killed fighting the OPM earlier. At least 3 members of the crew were injured. 8 Indonesian army soldiers were killed in fighting around the same time.[48]
  • 7 April 2014, A border post between Papua New Guinea and Indonesia was damaged and the border crossing temporally closed after a shoot out between the Indonesian Military and "armed civilians". Papua New Guinea local media reported that OPM fighters may have fired from the New Guinea side of the border and were dressed in blue berets to resemble United Nations personnel. No casualties were reported.[49]
  • 18 September 2014, In a fire fight between Indonesian Security forces and around 30 OPM members at an airfield in the Lanny jaya district an OPM member was killed and several people wounded. The group of OPM fighters were suspected to be responsible for shooting dead 2 policemen in July.[50]
  • 13 October 2014, An individual carrying equipment and a large amount of ammunition was apprehended at Sentani airport. The illegal items were found during a routine X-ray after which the suspect attempted escape but was apprehended 200m from the airport. Items seized included 112 5.56-calibre bullets, 20 .56-calibre bullet casings, 13 9-calibre bullets and a single 7.6-calibre cartridge. The police also seized one weapon and a Nokia mobile phone. Earlier, the Papua Police managed to confiscate dozens of home-made weapons and rounds of ammunition during a raid on the OPM’s local headquarters. A policeman involved said; “As many as 20 rounds of Mauser ammunition, five home-made weapons, one motorcycle and striped uniforms were confiscated during the raid,”.[51]


  • October 6, 2000: As police raid a flag-raising ceremony in Wamena, a mob formed and two non-Papuans were killed in unclear circumstances. The mob started to riot and moved to a neighborhood of migrants from other parts in Indonesia, while also burning and looting shops. Seven Papuans are shot and twenty-four non-Papuans are killed.[15]
  • November 11, 2001: Two weeks after rejecting the autonomy law as soon as it had passed, the chairman of the Papua Presidium Council, Theys Eluay, was found murdered in his car outside Jayapura after he had been kidnapped.[16]
  • August 31, 2002: Gunmen attacked a group of American school teachers and local employees on a sightseeing trip. Two Americans and one Indonesian were killed, and seven Americans and an Indonesian girl were wounded. Indonesian officials placed responsibility on the OPM; a spokesman for the rebel group denied involvement.[17][18]
  • December 1, 2003: A group of 500 people hoisted the separatist flag, several other actions took place, 42 people were arrested.
  • October 15, 2004: Papuan rebels killed six civilians in an attack in Puncak Jaya.[19]
  • March 16, 2006: Three policemen and an airman were killed and 24 other people injured during a clash with papuan and students who have been demanding closure of Freeport's Grasberg mine in Papua.[20]
  • August 9, 2008: In Wamena, one man, Opinus Tabuni (a distant relative of [21]
  • December 4, 2008: 4 Papuans were wounded by gunfire from the police at a demonstration for the independence of West Papua.[22]
  • January 29, 2009: At least 5 Papuans were wounded by shots fired by police during a demonstration.[22]
  • March 14, 2009: One Indonesian Army soldier was killed during an attack against a security post in Tingginambut. The OPM was blamed.[23]
  • April 8, 2009: Several bombs exploded against a bridge and a refinery on the island of Biak. One person is killed.[22]
  • April 9, 2009: A bomb attack in Jayapura killed 5 and severely injured several others.[24] Meanwhile, about 500 militants attacked a police post with bows and arrows and petrol bombs. One died after shot by police in the incident.[25]
  • April 11–12, 2009: Fighting between the army and the Papuan resistance left 11 dead including 6 members of the security forces. At the same time, a bomb was defused against a police station in Biak.[22]
  • April 15, 2009: An attack against a convoy of police in Tingginambut killed one and wounded six. The OPM is blamed.[22]
  • July 11, 2009: An employee of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.’s Indonesian unit was shot dead in an attack outside the company’s mine in Papua.[26]
  • July 2009: OPM members hoisted the flag of West Papua in the village of Jugum. Afterwards more than 30 houses were burned by the Indonesian army.[27]
  • August 12, 2009: A convoy of 16 buses for employees of Freeport-McMoRan Copper's was ambushed. Two people were killed and 5 wounded.[28]
  • December 16, 2009: Free Papua Movement (OPM) leader Kelly Kwalik was shot by Indonesian police during a raid in Timika and died in Timika Hospital.[29]



  • 1966–67: Aerial bombing of Arfak Mountains.
  • Jan–Mar 1967: Aerial bombing of Ayamaru and Teminabuan areas.
  • 1967: Operasi Tumpas (operation obliteration). 1,500 alleged dead in Ayamaru, Teminabuan and Inanuatan.
  • April 1969: Aerial bombing of Wissel Lake District (Paniai and Enarotali area); 14,000 survivors escape into the jungle.
  • July–August 1969: Act of Free Choice / PEPERA determines West Papua Region as sovereign territory of Republic of Indonesia.
  • June 1971: Henk de Mari reported that 55 men from two villages in North Biak were forced to dig their own graves before being shot. Published in Dutch daily De Telegraaf Oct 1974.
  • Unknown: 500 Papuan corpses were found in jungle Lereh District, south west of Sentani Airport, Jayapura region.
  • 1974: In North Biak, 45 Papuans were killed.
  • 1975: In Biak, at least 41 people from Arwam and Rumbin villages were killed.
  • 1977: Aerial bombing of Akimuga (Freeport McMoRan Inc. mine area).
  • 1977–78: Aerial bombing of Baliem Valley.
  • Apr 1978: Six unidentifiable bodies were discovered in the Dosai district of Jayapura.
  • May 1978: Five OPM (Organisasi Papua Merdeka) leaders surrendered to save the village they were caught in. They are beaten to death with red hot iron bars and their bodies thrown into a pit latrine. The 125 villagers were then machine gunned as suspected OPM sympathizers.
  • June 1978: 14 corpses found shot, West of Sentani Airport, Jayapura region.
  • Unknown: North Biak, 12 people were shot after receiving permission to leave camp to collect sago for a village feast.
  • 1981: 10 Papuans were killed, and 58 disappeared without trace. Paniai Region.
  • Jun–Aug 1981: Operasi Sapu Bersih (Operation Clean Sweep), populations of Ampas-Waris and Batte-Arso villages were bayoneted and left for dead.
  • Sep–Dec 1981: An estimated 13,000 Papuans were killed in the central highlands.
  • July 1984: Naval, air, and ground troop assault of Nagasawa/Ormo Kecil village, 200 were killed.
  • Unknown: Naval shelling of Taronta, Takar, and Masi-Masi coastal villages; the survivors fled towards Jayapura; under Dutch rule in 1950 each village had a population of 1500 to 2000.
  • 24 June 1985: 2,500 were killed in Paniai area of Wissel Lake district, including 115 from Iwandoga and Kugapa villages.
  • 1986–87: 34 were killed in Paniai/Wissel Lake District.
  • 8 January 1996: OPM militants led by Kelly Kwalik held 26 members of Lorentz Expedition as hostage in Mapenduma.[4] Triggering Mapenduma hostage crisis (2 hostages died) and 1996 Timika shooting incident on 15 April (16 died).
  • 9 May 1996: Mapenduma hostage crisis ends with the raid on OPM base in Geselama, Mimika, by Kopassus.

New Order 1965–1998

United Nations Administration (1 October 1962– 30 April 1963)

Brief summary and outline of major events

In 2004, the UK based Free West Papua Campaign was set up by exiled West Papuan leader Benny Wenda to encourage the UN to hold an Independence Referendum in West Papua. The Campaign has growing International support and the backing of notable figures such as Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu.[14] In 2012, the Campaign issued an arrest warrant for Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for his state visit to the UK in October–November that year. Yudhoyono was protested against everywhere he went in London and regularly saw West Papuan National Flags of Independence which are illegal in Indonesia.

As of 2010, 13,500 Papuan refugees live in exile in the neighboring independent state of Papua New Guinea (PNG),[2] and occasionally the fighting spills over the border. As a result, the Papua New Guinea Defence Force has set up patrols along PNG's western border to prevent infiltration by the OPM. Additionally, the PNG government has been expelling resident "border crossers" and making a pledge of no anti-Indonesian activity a condition for migrants' stay in PNG. Since the late 1970s, the OPM have made retaliatory "threats against PNG business projects and politicians for the PNGDF's operations against the OPM".[12] The PNGDF has performed joint border patrols with Indonesia since the 1980s, although the PNGDF's operations against the OPM are "parallel".[13]

Through the transmigration program, which since 1969 includes migration to Papua, about half of the 2.4 million inhabitants of Indonesian Papua are born in Java,[2] though intermarriage is increasing and the offspring of transmigrants have come to see themselves as "Papuan" over their parents' ethnic group.[11]

The Indonesian government is accused of human rights abuses, such as attacks on OPM-sympathetic civilians and jailing people who raise the West Papuan National Morning Star flag for treason.[10]

In 1962, the Dutch agreed to relinquish the territory to Act of Free Choice in 1969 to determine the population's views on Papua and West Papua's future; the result was in favor of integration into Indonesia. In violation of the Agreement between Indonesia and the Netherlands, the vote was a show of hands in the presence of the Indonesian military, and only involved 1025 hand picked people who were forced at gunpoint to vote for integration with Indonesia, much less than 1% of those who should have been eligible to vote. The legitimacy of the vote is hence disputed by independence activists, who launched a campaign of protests against the military occupation of West Papua by Indonesia.

In December 1949, at the end of the Indonesian National Revolution, the Netherlands agreed to recognize Indonesian sovereignty over the territories of the former Dutch East Indies, with the exception of Western New Guinea, which the Dutch continued to hold as Netherlands New Guinea. The nationalist Indonesian government argued that it was the successor state to the whole of the Dutch East Indies and wanted to end the Dutch colonial presence in the archipelago. The Netherlands argued that the Papuans were ethnically different[7] and that the Netherlands would continue to administer the territory until it was capable of self-determination.[8] From 1950 on the Dutch and the Western powers agreed that the Papuans should be given an independent state, but due to global considerations, mainly the Kennedy administration's concern to keep Indonesia on their side of the Cold War, the United States pressured the Dutch to sacrifice Papua's independence and transfer the country to Indonesia.[9]



  • Overview 1
  • Brief summary and outline of major events 2
    • United Nations Administration (1 October 1962– 30 April 1963) 2.1
    • New Order 1965–1998 2.2
    • Post-Suharto 2.3
      • 1998–2010 2.3.1
      • 2010s 2.3.2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • Further reading 5
  • External links 6

The Indonesian Government restricts foreign access to the Papua and West Papua provinces due to sensitivities regarding its suppression of Papuan nationalism. [6][5], suppressing freedom of political association and political expression.police state and accuse the Indonesian government of indiscriminate violence and of suppressing their freedom of expression. Many West Papuans have been killed by the Indonesian military since 1969 and the Indonesian governance style has been compared to that of a [4],Papua New Guinea or federation with independence West Papuans have conducted various protests and flag-raising ceremonies for [4]

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.