Monthly Archives: February 2014

PT Wahana Samudra Sentosa: Another Industrial Forest Plantation in Merauke?

PT Wahana Samudra Sentosa is a company that is applying for permits for a 79,033 hectare industrial forestry plantation in Merauke. On Friday 21st February the Merauke Regency Government announced on its website that the company’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Monitoring plan meet all the necessary requirements to be given […]

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Report of a Visit to PT Dongin Prabhawa’s Plantation at Mam.

A recent visit to Mam to monitor the latest developments around PT Dongin Prabhawa’s oil palm plantation near the south bank of the Digoel River in Merauke has revealed several concerns, from irregularities in the logging plan and ill-treatment of workers to human rights abuses. PT Dongin Prabhawa is a subsidiary of the Korindo Group, […]

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SKP: An Oil Palm Plantation is Threatening the Kamoro People in Mimika

The Justice and Peace Secretariat (Sekretariat Keadilan dan Perdamaian – SKP) of Timika Diocese in Papua are worried about how the environmental impacts of PT Pusaka Agro Lestari clearing forest for an oil palm plantation could affect the survival of the Kamoro people along the coast of Mimika Regency. The co-ordinator of SKP in the […]

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PT Papua Agro Lestari presents its Environmental Impact Assessment to Residents of Muting.

Oil Palm company PT Papua Agro Lestari, a subsidiary of the Daewoo International Group from South Korea, has once again visited the indigenous people of Muting to present the results of its Environmental Impact Assessment at the Muting District Office on Thursday, 13th February 2014. PT Papua Agro Lestari presented its environmental impact assessment together […]

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Blasius Sumaghai beaten by Indonesian Navy Officers in Bade, Mappi

Mappi, Majalah Selangah – Blasius Sumaghai (23 years old), a resident of Bade village, Edera District, Mappi, Papua has been beaten by members of the Indonesian Navy. The reasons for the beating were not clear. According to information compiled by, Blasius Sumaghai, the son of the late Abraham Sumaghai who was an Awyu community […]

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Medco in Manokwari: stepping up the pressure on land and community.

Medco moved into Manokwari in 2008 to start an oil palm plantation. At that point it could still be counted as one of the pioneers of oil palm in West Papua. A few years later, as large expanses of land for new plantations become increasingly hard to obtain in Sumatra and Kalimantan, more and more […]

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Community Anxious, Wants Protection from the Law

[awasMIFEE note: This is an update on the case where a man from Sanggase village died in police custody after being arrested on New Year’s Eve. The victim’s, referred to in previous articles as Roni, is given his full name, Petrus Aluend. The police appear not to have conducted a serious investigation into the incident, […]

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