Violence against Indonesia’s indigenous peoples spikes as government drags feet on land rights and forestry legislation

Watchdog group reports 143 cases of arrest, expulsion and conflict in 2013 in backlash against efforts of indigenous communities to protect carbon-storing forests and peatlands from government and private sector land grabs.  JAKARTA, INDONESIA (27 JANUARY 2013)– Locked in a fierce struggle to stave off the destruction of their customary forests and peatlands by the government and palm oil, mining and other resource-hungry industries, indigenous peoples in Indonesia faced a rash of

Press Release: Violence Against Indigenous Peoples Continues to Increase

In 2013 AMAN has handled 143 cases of violence against indigenous peoples. Jakarta 27 January 2014 – Violent conflict in indigenous territories in the form of seizures of land, territory and natural resources, will continue to increase this year if the government is not serious in following up on the Constitutional Court Decision No.35/PUU-X/2012, which saw the Court historically rule that indigenous forests are no longer state forests. The struggle

Asian indigenous peoples, media participate in the Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Skills Sharing Workshop

Quezon City, Philippines–Indigenous peoples, indigenous peoples rights activists and media practitioners from five countries in Asia gather in Manila to share their skills and experiences in engaging with the media on indigenous peoples’ issues in the region. The Skills Sharing and Exchange Workshop is held in the University Hotel of the University of the Philippines Diliman from January 22-23. “Indigenous peoples across countries face the same problem of being under-reported

Mainstream Media and Indigenous Peoples: Mr. Alim’s reflection on IVA skills sharing exchange in Indonesia

Pontianak, 23 October 2013 — The very first time I stepped on Medan, Sumatra Utara province, was by invitation from the Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) to share my “experience” in the Skills Sharing Exchange Visit. In that second day of that workshop (9 October 2013), I shared about how media gives power to grassroot communities, long be known as Citizen Journalist. The participants were a small group

Respecting Indigenous Peoples’ Agrarian Rights will Save Indonesia

Bogor, October 19, 2013 – ‘The struggle of the indigenous peoples is the struggle to free the Archipelago from oppression and restore it back to the people,’ said the Secretary General of the Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) Abdon Nababan in Bogor, on Saturday 19 October 2013. His remarks came at the opening of a book discussion for Orang Indonesia dan Tanahnya (Indonesian People and their Land),byCornelis van

Indigenous communities deploy high-tech mapmaking to staunch global land grab Published On Friday, August 30, 2013

Published On Friday, August 30, 2013 SAMOSIR, NORTH SUMATRA (30 August 2013)—With governments, loggers, miners and palm oil producers poaching their lands with impunity, indigenous leaders from 17 countries gathered on a remote island in Sumatra this week to launch a global fight for their rights that will take advantage of powerful mapping tools combined with indigenous knowledge to mark traditional boundaries. “It’s amazing to see indigenous groups from all

Indonesia and the Denial of Indigenous Peoples’ Existence

A recent opinion editorial from a member of Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights, Hafid Abbas, attempts to claim that there are no Indigenous People within the state of Indonesia. Abbas seeks to argue that prior to Dutch colonialism, which introduced the term, Indigenous, –”to disintegrate the unity of Indonesia as a nation”–there was a unified Indonesia. That the South Sulawesi independent Kingdom of Bone, neighboring independent kingdom of Gowa,