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Best Documentary award for The Road to Home

We’re thrilled to announce that our documentary about Nobel Peace Prize nominee Benny Wenda has been awarded ‘Best Documentary Feature’ at the Amsterdam Film Festival in their 2016 Van Gogh Awards.

The festival celebrates films that capture both the artistry … Read More

Benny Wenda and members of Lucky Dube record West Papua freedom song

West Papuan musician and spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Benny Wenda has joined forces with former members of the Reggae King, Lucky Dube’s band to record a song for his people in West Papua.

The … Read More

‘Deadly’ trans-Amazon railway sparks fear among tribes

A controversial mega-project to build a transcontinental railway from the Atlantic to the Pacific has caused outrage among indigenous people and Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights.

The railway, which is backed by the Chinese government, would … Read More

Indigenous Resistance

Indigenous Resistance is a revolutionary musical collective creating crucial pan global collaborations between indigenous cultures from the jungles, favelas and barrios, with those in the industrialized world who work their musical magic in mixing studios and on laptops. IR releases … Read More

Dozens of West Papuans arrested, many tortured for joining pro MSG rallies

At least 81 people have been arrested in West Papua by Indonesian authorities at a number of protest rallies being held, calling for the application of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) to be accepted in the upcoming Melanesian … Read More

Burma’s Rohingya exodus is a looming disaster

The month of May has brought a terrifying humanitarian crisis to the seas of Southeast Asia. Thousands of people, Rohingya Muslims from Burma and Bangladesh, fleeing persecution and poverty, are adrift on rickety boats in the Andaman Sea and the … Read More

Missionary accused of enslaving isolated Indians in Brazil

A missionary with links to the controversial US-based New Tribes Mission (NTM) has been accused of keeping nearly 100 Amazon Indians in shocking conditions “analogous to slavery.”

Survival International reports that between 2010 and 2012, 96 Zo’é Indians were reportedly … Read More

The people’s king

A Non Party Political Broadcast on behalf of the people of Salisbury. 7th May 2015 – Vote Independent – Vote King Arthur Pendragon!

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West Papua’s bid to join Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) gathers momentum

A video serving as a rallying call to the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) has been produced, urging the membership bid of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua to be accepted.

The bid for membership was formally submitted to the MSG … Read More

Global e-waste mountain costing economy $52bn a year

The dumping of a record amount of electronic and electrical equipment last year resulted in the global economy wasting around $52bn in materials that could have been profitably recovered and reused, the UN has found.

Research by the UN University … Read More

SPLM leadership discuss ways to achieve peace in South Sudan

South Sudanese president and leader of the ruling party Salva Kiir convened a leadership meeting on Wednesday, bringing together members of the SPLM political bureau to discuss strategies aimed at ending the ongoing conflict.

Held at the South Sudanese presidency … Read More

New footage emerges of West Papua massacre

New video footage showing the bloody aftermath of the ‘Paniai massacre’ in West Papua highlights the urgent need for Indonesia to hold an independent and transparent investigation into the tragedy, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) said on Thursday.

In December … Read More

Turkish Government in fresh bid to control social media

Turkey stepped up its campaign to control social media by banning Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from showing images of a prosecutor who was taken hostage and killed last week.

While the companies complied, Facebook and Twitter said they would appeal … Read More

African Union urges U.N. rights monitoring role in Western Sahara

The head of the African Union has urged the United Nations to add human rights monitoring to the tasks of its peacekeeping mission in the disputed North African territory of Western Sahara.

The request came in a letter from African … Read More

Brazil’s Deforestation Rates Are on the Rise Again

In a world hungry for environmental success stories, Brazil has been the closest thing we have to a golden child. The nation, Latin America’s largest economy, has been growing at an impressive clip, weathering the global financial crisis … Read More

Relief operation begins for cyclone-stricken Vanuatu

International aid agencies are preparing to begin emergency helicopter flights on Tuesday to the remote outer islands of Vanuatu, which they fear have been devastated by a monster cyclone that tore through the South Pacific island country.

Disaster management officials … Read More

Russia opposition politician Boris Nemtsov shot dead

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot and killed late Friday in the shadow of the Kremlin only two days before he was to speak at a major anti-government rally.

Putin quickly condemned … Read More

‘Jihadi brides’ flee UK for Syria

Three missing British schoolgirls are believed to have flown to Turkey with the intention of crossing the border into Islamic State territory to become Jihadi brides.

The girls, all pupils at Bethnal Green Academy, are reported to have flown from … Read More

West Papua freedom struggle reaches South Africa

The Nobel Peace Prize nominated West Papua independence leader Benny Wenda has this week embarked on his first ever official tour to South Africa, aimed at building support for the self-determination struggle in his homeland. His arrival comes only days after he … Read More

Rescued African Migrants Recount Ordeal in Mediterranean

Survivors rescued off the Libyan coast by the Italian Coast Guard gave harrowing accounts of small boats packed with migrants that were overwhelmed by high waves, which washed scores of people overboard to their deaths … Read More

Egypt postpones all football matches following Cairo deaths

All football in Egypt was postponed indefinitely on Monday after at least 20 people were killed following clashes between fans and police outside a stadium in Cairo on Sunday.

The public prosecutor’s office said there were 22 fatalities while Zamalek supporters … Read More

Uighurs flee China for Turkey in search of peace

Many of the hundreds of ethnic Uighurs who have fled China illegally to escape religious persecution and discrimination have made harrowing journeys to reach Turkey. But those who have finally settled in state housing in the city of Kayseri, in … Read More

Islamic State blamed for Libyan oilfield attack

Gunmen killed 12 people, among them two Filipino and two Ghanaian nationals, after storming a remote, Libyan oilfield, a Libyan official said on Wednesday.

“Most were beheaded or killed by gunfire,” said Abdelhakim Maazab, commander of a security force in … Read More

West Papua resubmits application for MSG membership

United Liberation Movement for West Papua/ULMWP, newly formed West Papuan coordinating body which comprised of three main resistance groups, namely Federal Republic of West Papua, West Papua National Parliament and West Papua National Coalition for Liberation have submitted their application … Read More

Al Jazeera journalist relieved to be free, calls for release of colleagues

Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste said on Monday it was a great relief to be freed from prison in Egypt, but that he felt “incredible angst” about leaving two imprisoned colleagues behind.

Greste was released on Sunday after 400 days … Read More

Venezuela allows possible deadly force at protests

Human rights groups and Venezuela’s opposition are criticising the government’s new authorization for riot police to use firearms to control protests.

The new rules were slipped into a resolution this week providing security forces with guidelines on the use of … Read More

Bangladesh aims to be world’s ‘first solar nation’

Residents of Islampur, a remote village in the northern Bangladeshi district of Naogaon, were stunned one night last summer when the darkness was suddenly illuminated by electric lights coming from a village home.

Why the surprise? The community has no … Read More

Cuba urges US to end economic blockade, return Guantanamo

Cuban leader Raul Castro has called on the US to end the economic embargo against the country and demanded that Guantanamo Bay be returned to Cuba as relations between the two nations undergo a historic thaw.

“The main problem has … Read More

Police, protesters fight running battles in Kosovo

Riot police fought running battles with protesters hurling rocks and petrol bombs in Kosovo’s capital Pristina on Tuesday in the worst unrest since the former Serbian province seceded in 2008.

Triggered by remarks by an ethnic Serb cabinet minister and … Read More

Turkey orders Facebook to block pages insulting the Prophet Mohammed

A court has threatened to cut off Facebook across Turkey if the US tech giant does not block a number of pages which it believes insult the Prophet Mohammed. The ruling passed on Sunday was followed by a request by a … Read More

Child soldiers released as Burma continues road to reform

The scene is now familiar to those who have keenly observed Burmese government action on the issue of child soldiers in recent years. On Friday, a group of 40 children and young people await their official discharge from the armed … Read More

West Papua has suffered enough, says PNG Governor

Papua New Guinea’s Oro Province Governor Garry Juffa has announced his stand in the ongoing struggle for a FREE WEST PAPUA.

The governor said that the dilemma that the West Papuans face is a long time issue that the government of … Read More

Deadlock in Yemen as prime minister, president and cabinet resign

Yemen faced renewed turmoil on Thursday night when the country’s Western-backed president surrendered to the rebels who have seized his capital by tendering his resignation.

A Shia rebel movement, known as the Houthis, captured most of the capital, Sana’a, in … Read More

Teenager says he escaped North Korea and made it to Sweden, claims asylum

A 17-year-old who says he is a street child from North Korea is seeking refugee status in Sweden, maintaining he walked across a frozen river into China and traversed two continents in cars, the trans-Siberian railway and the back of a … Read More

Tunisian blogger jailed for defaming army

A Tunisian military court has sentenced a blogger to one year in prison on charges he insulted the army, his lawyers said, in a case rights activists fear may undermine freedoms won after the 2011 revolution.

The blogger, Yassin Ayari, … Read More

Russia issues warning to Ukraine over rebel crackdown

Ukraine has accused Moscow of sending more troops and armour into the country to support separatist rebels, as Russia warned Kiev that its campaign against the militants was a grave error that could have “irreversible consequences”.

Fighting at … Read More

ICC to probe possible war crimes in Palestine

Prosecutors at the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) will open a preliminary inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, the first formal step that could lead to charges against officials there and in Israel, the court has said.

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Saudi Arabia is building a 600-mile “Great Wall” to shield itself from ISIS

When a raiding party from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant attacked a Saudi border post last week, it was no mere hit on a desert outpost. The jihadists were launching an assault on the new, highest-profile effort by Saudi … Read More

Mexican mayor charged in case of 43 missing students

The former mayor of a Mexican city has been charged with the kidnapping of 43 students who are feared to have been killed, according to a top security official in the country.

Mexico has been gripped by outrage and violent … Read More

Brazil approves cannabis derivative for medical treatment

Brazil on Wednesday for the first time approved the use of a marijuana derivative to treat people suffering from severe seizures and other conditions.

Directors of the country’s Health Surveillance Agency recognized the therapeutic properties of cannabidiol, saying it is … Read More

afriLeaks: A new whistleblowing platform for African media

afriLeaks, a joint project of the African Network of Centres for Investigative Reporting and the Hermes Centre for Transparency and Digital Human Rights launched today.

AfriLeaks will give people a chance to leak sensitive information anonymously. The site’s founders say it … Read More

Sri Lanka’s new government promises end to state repression

Sri Lanka’s new government promised a tolerant era of harmony and political freedom after years of mounting repression under a decade-old administration that unraveled in electoral defeat this week.

In a speech on Sunday, President Maithripala Sirisena vowed to end … Read More

Millions rally for unity across France

France’s Interior Ministry said the country’s rally for unity against terrorism Sunday was the largest demonstration in France’s history—a march organized to show harmony after three days of attacks that left 17 dead.

Calling the rally “unprecedented,” the ministry said … Read More

2,000 dead in Boko Haram massacre

Hundreds of bodies remain strewn in the bush in Nigeria amid an ongoing attack described by Amnesty International as the “deadliest massacre” by Boko Haram.

Mike Omeri, the government spokesman, said fighting continued on Friday for Baga, a town on … Read More

Mexican drug cartels made members eat human hearts

A Mexican federal security official said drug cartels forced gang members to eat the hearts of murder victims as part of an initiation rite. The hidden purpose behind the alleged cannibalism was to root out infiltrators.

Details about the cannibalism … Read More

Stalemate in Western Sahara decolonization process frustrates Polisario

The National Secretariat of the Polisario Front expressed “deep concern” about the current stalemate in Western Sahara, blaming Moroccan intransigence and defiance to the United Nations to find a just and lasting solution to the conflict. Their statement followed the 10th Ordinary … Read More

Renewed violence in Madagascar over electricity cuts

A protester in Madagascar was killed when police put down a demonstration against recurring electricity cuts in the eastern city of Toamasina, the victim’s family and police said on Monday.

The death, which happened on 3 January, was the second … Read More

Tibetan Woman Dies After Setting Herself on Fire in China

A Tibetan woman died on Monday after setting herself on fire, the latest in a string of self-immolations protesting Chinese rule.

The woman, Tsepe Kyi, described as a 20-year-old nomad from … Read More

Palm Oil Expansion Drives Indonesia’s Illegal Logging Industry

The clear-cutting of forests to make way for oil palm plantations is driving a wave of illegal logging in Indonesia, fundamentally undermining efforts to bring much-needed reform to the nation’s forestry and timber sectors.

A new report released by the Environmental … Read More

Massacre in West Papua

Five West Papuan people were shot dead and 12 others injured when Indonesian troops and police fired into a crowd of civilians in the highlands region of Paniai on Monday.

Local sources quoted by newspaper Suara Papua say the crowd … Read More