Monthly Archives: June 2013

Dying from Hunger in the World’s Rice Barn as PT Medco depletes Kampung Zanegi’s Forest

21/06/2013 When the MIFEE food and energy development project was launched in 2010, it was imagined that it would turn Merauke into Indonesia’s national ‘rice barn’ which could even export food around the world with all its billions of hungry mouths. Between 2007 and the present day, around 80 Indonesian and foreign companies have been […]

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The Controversy around Presidential Regulation 40 of 2013: The Indonesian Army Opens the way for Business in West Papua

15/06/2013 Presidential Regulation (Perpres) 40 of 2013, a new order issued by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to “Build Roads to Faciltate the Expansion of Development in Papua and West Papua Provinces”, has been greeted with opposition and concern by the Papuan people. Perpres 40 requests the Indonesian military’s involvement in the technical implementation, construction and […]

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Marind Intellectuals Oppose Corporations

Over the last few months, a series of meetings have taken place in villages around Merauke to discuss development plans, within the framework of local adat, or customary law,. In each one, a resolution has been made, a clear rejection of all investment. The document below, from a new grouping of Marind intellectuals called FORMASI […]

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Domande Update: Villagers Order PT Rajawali to leave their Worksite

In the wake of the recent action by villagers from Kampung Domande, Malind District, Merauke Regency, to block PT Rajawali’s access, now the villagers have ordered company employees who were carrying out work on the land to leave. This means that their logging operations are still not progressing smoothly. When met Djago Bukit, the […]

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