The mineworkers, belonging to the Confederation of All-Indonesian Workers Labor Union launched a weeklong strike in July. The union extended the strike set for a month to mid November.
Analysts of the West Papua conflict have observed an escalation in violent incidents through the year, with a pronounced uptick since May. Journalists and members of the West Papua community themselves have previously warned that the situation is deteriorating.
Jakarta stopped workers from traveling to Saudi Arabia after the beheading there of a 54-year-old Indonesian migrant worker June 17.
After taking Aminatou Haidar to a hospital on Dec. 17, Spanish authorities removed the "Saharan Gandhi" from the Canary Islands to Western Sahara.