Child soldiers drawn into West Papua separatist conflict in Indonesia

Asia Pacific | ANALYSIS Jun 24, 2019

Child soldiers drawn into West Papua separatist conflict in Indonesia

The long-simmering armed conflict between Indonesia's military and Papuans seeking independence includes indigenous teenagers and boys who appear barely adolescent, The Associated Press has found, highlighting how Indonesia's heavy-handed attempts to extinguish the movement have produced a new generation of fighters. The West Papua Liberation ...

Asia Pacific / Politics Jun 22, 2019

Indonesia to vet public servants to identify Islamists

Indonesia plans to tighten vetting of senior public servants amid fears that hard-line Islamist ideology has permeated high levels of government, according to documents reviewed by Reuters and a senior official involved in the plan. Indonesia is officially secular, but there has been a rise ...