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Since Papua, Indonesia’s easternmost area, was granted special autonomy in 2001, the role of civil society has become more salient. Civil society organizations bridge the lack of a state presence to advocate for pressing issues in Papua and take up indigenous Papuans’ interests, seeking a response from the state.
How have local civil society organizations (CSOs) interpreted space, change and continuity in Papua since 2000? What kinds of change and continuity are understood by different local CSOs in Papua?
How do the local CSOs operate within the space designed by and offered by the central government under the special autonomy framework in Papua? What are the strategies adopted by the local CSOs to advocate for ideas of change and continuity in Papua?
This research explores the evolution of the role of civil society through the lens of associational activities concerning human rights and political issues in Papua. Local CSOs’ interpretation of change and continuity on such issues can provide critical understanding of their roles in advocating for pressing issues in Papua vis a vis the state during the past 17 years.