Special autonomy

Kompas – November 12, 2011
Special autonomy

Man (bottom left): Image building?

In a belated attempt to address widespread discontent with Indonesian rule, the government has established a Special Unit for the Acceleration of Development in Papua & West Papua (UP4B) with the stated aim of speeding up development and getting special autonomy (Otonomi Khusus) back on track. Papuans however have responded with understandable skepticism – given Jakarta’s history of broken promises and lies – saying they’ve already rejected special autonomy and want a referendum on independence.