Indigenous Peoples

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

Press Conference - Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN)

HALT THE DISCUSSION AND LEGALIZATION OF THE DRAFT ACT ON ERADICATION OF FOREST DESTRUCTION (RUU P2H) Indigenous Peoples have long been urging the forest reform. In each Congress of the Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (KMAN), National Working Meeting of AMAN (Rakernas AMAN) and meeting of AMAN’s various level organizers, criticism directed at the Act No. 41/1999 on Forestry (UUK) is always present. The criticisms and urges voiced to reform