Resistance Between Papuans And The Indonesian Government

2303 WordsOct 17, 201610 Pages
Resistance in West Papua and Northern Ireland. West Papua and Northern Ireland are both engaging case studies in examining processes of peace and reconciliation. Whilst these conflicts are not directly related by juxtaposing them new themes of resistance within processes of conflict become clear. This essay will seek to examine the ways in which those in West Papua and Northern Ireland resist border-creating forces; both socially and physically. In terms of West Papua this essay will focus on the fight between Papuans and the Indonesian government, focusing particularly on resistance by West Papuans. Within Northern Ireland this essay will focus on religious resistance against borders. Rather than focussing on the overwhelming political aspects of both of these conflicts this essay will seek to answer questions surrounding the power of everyday citizens in peace and reconciliation, overall arguing it is the resistance of everyday citizens that often initiates long terms changes. West Papua History- Why the need for resistance: West Papua is a nation bordering Papua New Guinea. It was colonised and is ruled by the Indonesian government, a rule maintained by force by the Indonesian military. It is a country with a long running colonial history; firstly, by the Dutch as part of the Dutch East Indies from 1898 through to 1950’s. After gaining independence Indonesia made claims to West Papua despite the Dutch’s testimony to the cultural and ethnic differences between West

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