Monthly Archives: August 2014

As President celebrates ‘Sail Raja Ampat’, one of his critics is abducted, killed and dumped at sea

On 19th August, Martinus Yohame in his role as the chair of the Sorong Branch of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) held a press conference, explaining his organisation’s opposition to the Indonesian President’s visit to the area to open the Sail Raja Ampat event aimed at promoting tourism to Papua. He also raised the […]

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Bintuni Bay and the Petrochemical Industry

One of Indonesia’s most important industrial nodes is being rapidly developed in West Papua, and key decisions expected soon will give several multinational companies the green light to build petrochemical factories in the Bintuni area. Sumuri District, on the southern shore of Bintuni Bay, was once covered with forest and mangrove, but has over the […]

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Violence and Intimidation from PT Nabire Baru’s Brimob Guards continues

New reports continue to emerge of aggressive behaviour from Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) officers who have been stationed as security guards for PT Nabire Baru’s oil palm plantation near the city of Nabire. Here are a few of the most recent stories translated from local bloggers and activists. The first two articles are from a […]

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Deforestation in West Papua: The role of PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya, The Nature Conservancy, REDD, RSPO, and Wilmar

[REDD Monitor’s latest summary of recent developments since Greenomics Indonesia ‘s analysis of satellite photographs revealed that ANJ Agro were clearing forest for two oil palm plantations in South Sorong regency.] PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk (ANJ) is an Indonesian palm oil company, that is clearing forest in West Papua to make way for an […]

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PT Bio Inti Agrindo hasn’t met its obligations.

Donatus Mahuze from Muting village in Merauke, still doesn’t want to open the customary barrier prohibiting passage (palang adat) which he installed on his ancestral land alongside the Muting- Tanah Merah road. “We have installed this customary barrier so that PT Bio Inti Agrindo (BIA) pays attention to, and takes seriously, its responsibility to pay […]

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Dams, Dam Lies and Corruption

The former Governor of Papua Province, Barnabas Suebu, was charged with corruption on Tuesday (5/8), with accusations relating to funds allocated for an engineering study into a controversial dam in West Papua. Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), which was investigating the case, claimed that the state had lost out to the tune of 36 billion […]

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Oh look, there were fires in PT Dongin Prabhawa’s concession this week

The new Geographic Information Sistem (GIS) data available on the Sawit Watch website makes it easy to see if there have been fires within the borders of oil palm concessions. For example this week (August1st –  5th) there were four hotspots within PT Dongin Prabhawa’s (Korindo group) concession in Merauke: You can check for yourself […]

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