Sunday, 9 December 2012
Indonesia’s Reluctant Citizens

Ideas for 9 December 2012 - West Papua to East Timor

10:10 AM.This week Ideas looks at the colonial rule of Indonesia, how the republic treats its citizens in West Papua and in their former province of Timor Leste.

Hundreds of thousands of Timorese and West Papuans have died in their respective struggles for independence from Indonesia.

Jeremy Rose talks to Anna Powles and Jose Sousa Santos – who have both worked as government advisors in post-independence Timor Leste – about the challenges facing the country in the run up to the United Nations peace-keeping mission being withdrawn later this month.

And Richard Langston talks to Peter King – the author of West Papua and Indonesia since Suharto: Independence, Autonomy or Chaos? – about the on-going struggle of West Papuans for self-determination.