West Papua has ‘special autonomy’ which, designed to placate the independence movement, really just creates an overlapping of authorities, with resource extraction permits being issued by Jakarta as well as the provincial government. There is very little transparency with these companies, and therefore very little accountability. The military are thought to own large stakes in combination with foreign investors. The mine pictured here exports nickel laterite ore to Queensland, Australia.
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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.