Monthly Archives: July 2013

Oil Palm Plantations in Nabire Ignore Indigenous Rights.

The Yerisiam people living in Kampung Sima, Nabire Regency, Papua are still waiting for oil palm plantation companies PT Nabire Baru and PT Sariwana Unggal Mandiri to give clarification and compensation to local indigenous people. This was the message of a press release written by Simon Petrus Hanebora, a Yerisiam tribal leader, which was received […]

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Twenty-seven organisations report MIFEE to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

A coalition of organisations has requested the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Commission to take action under its Early Warning and Urgent Action procedures to address the dire situation being faced by indigenous people all over Indonesia. For the second time, the specific focus of their concern is the Merauke Integrated Food and […]

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Interview with Lambert Ndiken, a Badelik man in Kampung Baad (Wilmar)

Kampung Baad, Animha district, lies on the banks of the Kumbe River. It is possible to get there by car and motorbike, passing through seven kilometres of natural forest from the Wapeko – Zanegi road. This is still an earth road which turns into mud in the rainy season, slippery and difficult to pass. According […]

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Forestry Ministry rejects Wilmar Group’s Application to Release Land from Forest Status

July 2013, The Indonesian Forestry Ministry has announced its rejection of around eight companies’ applications to release forest land (see: Three of the companies are subsidiaries of Wilmar Group that are hoping to plant sugar cane: PT Anugerah Rejeki Nusantara (41,421 ha) in Merauke Regency, and PT Royal Agro Sejahtera (39,593 ha) and PT […]

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PT Agrinusa Persada Mulia Hand over ‘appreciation’ money to three clans in Elikobel District.

Sorry we missed this piece of news when it was published on the Merauke government website in March 2013. It shows that the pattern of land grabbing has not changed at all in Merauke. PT Agrinusa Persada Mulia, whose parent company AMS Plantations is owned by Ganda Sitorus, younger brother of Wilmar’s Mertua Sitorus, has […]

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