Australia and its neighbours – The struggle for independence: West Papua’s slow genocide

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West Papua has been part of Indonesia since 1969.

Since then, it is estimated that as many as 500,000 Indigenous West Papuan’s have been killed by Indonesian military and police, and the situation has been referred to as a ‘slow genocide’.

There are reports of torture, abuse and human rights violations over the years, and the fight for West Papuan independence continues to this day.



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