Open Letter highlights forest destruction, land grabs and rights violations in Indonesia

Open Letter highlights forest destruction, land grabs and rights violations in Indonesia

More than 200 Indonesian organisations have sent an open letter to the President of the Republic of Indonesia, the President of the Council of the European Union, and Leaders of the EU Member States highlighting the harmful impacts of the palm oil sector in Indonesia.

In the letter, they call for robust decisions to eliminate unsustainable and illegal biofuel from EU supply chains plus stronger protections for human rights, land tenure and community forests in EU trade regulations and policies.

"On the ground, we experience conflicts, harassment, criminalizations and human rights violations, the denial of labor rights and socio-economic and environmental problems. Our customary territories now suffer long term ecological disasters, such as droughts, forest fires, water pollution and the decline of fish stocks, loss of food security all of which diminish the quality of life of the local people, especially women and children."