The Papuan independence movement has been simmering ever since the incorporation of West Papua into Indonesia in 1969. There exists in West Papua an alternative government called the traditional people’s council. They have their own police force who cite human rights and environmental issues as their top priority. Here a member of the traditional police is patrolling by river.
About James Morgan
James is a multi award-winning film director and photojournalist. His in-depth photographic features have appeared in National Geographic, The Guardian, BBC, Sunday Times and many others, while his film work spans features, documentaries, commercials and music videos with clients ranging from Sony and Adidas to Vice and Mercedes Benz. James is represented by both Panos Pictures and Getty Images in London and is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Find out more about James and his work.