Monthly Archives: August 2015

How Oil Palm companies are threatening the livelihood of the Kamoro and Amungme indigenous peoples in Timika.

By Santon Tekege*** [awasMIFEE note: This is an opinion piece by Santon Tekege, pastoral staff for the Catholic Diocese of Timika, where he looks at some of the issues surrounding PT Pusaka Agro Lestari’s oil palm plantation in Mimika Regency, not far from the city of Timika. Following mounting criticism of the company, notably by […]

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ANJ Agri case: prosecution demands prison sentences for indigenous protesters Obet Korie and Odi Aitago

Speaking in front of the Judges’ bench in the Sorong District Court, state prosecutor Katrina Dimara accused Obet and Obi of having violated article 170 of the Indonesian Criminal Code, and asked the council of judges to hand down prison sentences – one year for Obet Korie and eight months for Odi Aitago, less the […]

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Agriculture Minister telephones Merauke’s Regency Leader, asking to speed up Food Estate project

Speaking to journalists in Jakarta, the Agriculture Minister has admitted that the plan which President Jokowi announced in May this year, to develop 250,000 hectares of rice estate each semester, is not progressing as fast as the government had hoped. The reason is the difficulty in getting permission to use indigenous land. Given that the […]

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