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West Papua Report January 2008 (8 Jan 2008)
Monthly update of news items concerning West Papua

Deputy Governor on Backward Situation (4 Jan 2008)
Jayapura: The data made public by the Department for the Development of Backward Regions which referred to Papua as being an extremely backward region is a fact that cannot be denied by the provincial government. Deputy governor Alex Hesegam SE said that in fact this applies not only to the five districts mentioned in the report but to virtually the whole of the province.

Turning Papua into land of peace (4 Jan 2008)
Papua Province has been the only Indonesian province still rebellious against the Jakarta-based central government. However, all elements of civilian society in Papua, including the police, led by the leaders of all religions (Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism), have committed to work together for peace under the motto: "Papua, the Land of Peace".

Papua is in very bad shape (3 Jan 2008)
The State Department for Backward Regions yesterday released its evaluation regarding 199 backward regions. During the three years of the SBY-Kalla government, only 28 regions have been lifted out of the condition of backwardness. Conditions in eastern Indonesia are particularly bad.

Violations of Papua autonomy law distress interfaith leaders (22 Dec 2007)
JAYAPURA, Indonesia (UCAN) : Religious leaders in Papua have discussed violations of a six-year-old autonomy law for their province and sent recommendations to various levels of government to rectify the situation.