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In pictures: Papua gets connected
Abuse allegations

But there is more to this celebration than the promise of development.

For many years, areas like this in the Central Highlands have witnessed clashes between the Indonesian military and a small band of fighters demanding independence for Papua.

Local people allege the military and police continue to commit human rights abuses. Human rights groups have testimonies of extra-judicial killings, rapes and torture.

The military commander for this area says he has never seen any such abuses.

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