22 Aug 2019

Mob attacks on Papuans in Indonesia on the rise - researcher

From , 3:05 pm on 22 August 2019

An Indonesian human rights researcher says militia-style attacks on West Papuans are on the rise in the country. 

This week thousands of Papuans have led violent protests after a group of students were abused by a mob on Saturday. 

A researcher with Human Rights Watch, Andreas Harsono, says tensions are high after recent escalating violence in Papua's highlands.

In December, rebels with the West Papua Liberation Army massacred 16 Indonesian construction workers in Nduga regency. 

Mackenzie Smith spoke with Mr Harsono about what's happening in the fallout.

Andreas Harsono

Andreas Harsono Photo: Human Rights Watch