Tag Archives: Transmigration

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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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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Land Compensation has not been paid, so villagers complain to National Human Rights Commission.

[awas MIFEE note: The resistance of local people has been a key factor in tempering corporate ambitions in Merauke, consistently refusing to sign over their land, or at least without fair compensation. This article is interesting because it appears that in Kaiburze village, which has a history of opposition to MIFEE plantations, the same approach […]

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Life in the Transmigration Zone

The latest short video from the Papuan Voices team, Hidup di Trans (life in the transmigration zone) gives a glimpse into some of the problems a local man has faced due to the government-sponsored transmigration policies which started in the 1980s and 1990s. The new plantations connected to MIFEE will also mean a huge influx […]

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Paulus Samkakai: “Government Policy puts Pressure on us”

Jayapura (4/7) Paulus Samkakai, the Secretary of the Indigenous People’s Association (LMA) in Kaiburse village, Malind District, Merauke Regency has claimed that various local government policies concerning investment were putting pressure on the indigenous people of Kaiburse. This had been going on since the MIFEE (Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate) started. Paulus said this […]

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