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Headline: The price of protest in West Papua – Research

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

West Papua is a region fraught with tension, where the Indigenous population is intimidated and repressed to prevent the voicing of political views.

This paper examines the price of protest in West Papua, where the struggle for self-determination has been violently stifled by Indonesian security forces for five decades.

It aims to expose endemic injustice and abuse, and also to act as a microphone for those who, through non-violent means, risk life and liberty to express their hopes and dreams for a free West Papua.

Gemima Harvey is a freelance journalist, photographer, and researcher covering underreported issues relating to human rights, social justice issues, and the environment, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

Harvey, G. (2015). The price of protest in West Papua. Griffith Journal of Law and Human Dignity, 3(1), pp170-203. Available!volume-3-issue-1/c1z2j

Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.