21 Mar 2019

Indonesian approach in Papua lacks understanding, says academic

From , 4:00 pm on 21 March 2019

A Papuan academic says Indonesia's approach to development in his homeland shows a lack of understanding about Melanesian culture.

Yamin Kogoya has a Masters of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development from the Australian National University.

He says a recent threat made by an Indonesian military spokesman against the governor of Papua province highlights a lack of understanding of Papuans.

Governor Lukas Enembe had called for military to withdraw from the Highlands region where armed conflict has created a humanitarian crisis.

Mr Kogoya says the Governor has a heart for his people and seeks to protect as well as empower them.

Over 500 people were reportedly arrested from West Papua demonstrations in Indonesia, December 2016.

A demonstration against Indonesia in West Papua Photo: Supplied