Monthly Archives: March 2015

Kamoro people take a stand against Freeport smelter plans

Since Indonesia decided to enforce its 2009 mineral law that obliged mining companies to process ore within Indonesia, attention has focussed on the biggest mining operation in the country: Freeport McMoran’s gold and copper mine in Timika, Papua. Freeport wanted to build a smelter in East Java, where better infrastructure means a lower-cost operation, but […]

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PT Permata Putera Mandiri facing community opposition

Austindo Nusantara Jaya Group is facing community resistance on two fronts by residents upset by the company’s recent forest clearance for its oil palm and sago operations in South Sorong Regency. On the ground a dispute has broken out with villagers from Saga village claiming that the company has used their land, but without negotiating […]

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Bokum and Nuhu, and the companies encircling the Togutil people

News From North Maluku, translated from Maluku Online: The police have arrested two Togutil men, Bokum and Nuhu, accusing them of murder. After the arrests, police swept through the forest, searching for other Togutil people. The arrests were dramatised in the media, leaving few ways for the Togutil people to defend themselves. It even seemed […]

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