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Former President of Ghana, John Kufuor, voiced his support for West Papuan political aspirations during a meeting with West Papuan indigenous leader, Benny Wenda, at Ghana's 59th Independence celebrations in March this year. Credit: Benny Wenda

Former President of Ghana, John Kufuor, voiced his support for West Papuan political aspirations during a meeting with West Papuan indigenous leader, Benny Wenda, at Ghana's 59th Independence celebrations in March this year. Credit: Benny Wenda

By Catherine Wilson
CANBERRA, Australia, Apr 30 2016 (IPS)

For more than half a century, the indigenous people of West Papua, located on the western side of the island of New Guinea, who are related to the Melanesians of the southwest Pacific Islands, have waged a resistance to governance by Indonesia and a relentless campaign for self-determination.

But despite regular bloodshed and reports of systematic human rights abuses [...]

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Native American students hold rally, demanding UNM's seal be abolished
KOB.com
"This represents the countless and immeasurable loss that indigenous peoples have faced at the hands of two systems of colonization - whether it's Spanish-Mexican colonization or Anglo-American colonization," Estes said. UNM President Robert Frank ...

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Re-vote provides new mandate for treaty negotiations
Williams Lake Tribune
During the day Sugar Cane residents April and Jamie Thomas stood outside the gym where voting was taking place and had signs protesting the treaty. "We are asking the NStQ to put the treaty aside so we can all ... Responding to the grassroots group's ...

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Remembering The Great Urkun 100 Years Later
EurasiaNet
Some in Russia protested the campaign. One was State Duma Deputy Aleksandr Kerensky, who called the tsarist actions in Central Asia a disgrace. After the tsar was deposed in 1917, a new government led by Kerensky came to power but, faced with myriad ...

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Remembering The Great Urkun 100 Years Later
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Revolt broke out again -- and not only among the Kyrgyz, but among many of the other indigenous peoples of Central Asia as well. It was a dilemma St. Petersburg could ill ... Some in Russia protested the campaign. One was State Duma Deputy Aleksandr ...

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