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Indigenous peoples’ organisations submit inputs on Indonesia for the UN Universal Periodic Review

The national indigenous peoples’ alliance in Indonesia, the Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN) and the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) have submitted a critical update to the UN Human Council’s Universal Periodic Review as the HRC prepares to review the human rights situation in Indonesia. Important threats to the security of indigenous peoples in the country are highlighted, as are recent legal changes in the country.

Request for consideration of the situation of indigenous peoples of the Aru Islands, Indonesia

In order to avoid imminent and irreparable harm, the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), the national indigenous peoples’ organization of Indonesia, and Forest Peoples Programme respectfully request that the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) considers the situation of the Aru indigenous peoples of the Aru Islands District, Moluccas Province, under the its early warning and urgent action procedure.

Indonesia: President renews his pledge to protect indigenous peoples’ rights

7th July 2015: In a recent meeting with the national indigenous peoples’ alliance (AMAN), the Indonesian President vowed to support the Bill on the Recognition and Protection of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, which has languished in the legislature for several years.  He also committed to setting up a Task Force on Indigenous Peoples and promised to release indigenous persons unfairly criminalized for pursuing their livelihoods.

Mining the Womb of the Earth: Struggles of Indigenous Women against destructive mining

This publication, published by AIPP, is a collection of stories of struggle of some indigenous women in Asia who directly face the negative impacts of mining. This publication is part of the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Net) efforts to inform actors and stakeholders of the efforts of indigenous women and their communities to address violations of their rights, particularly their collective rights as indigenous peoples. The IPHRD Net is supported by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).

FPP E-Newsletter October 2013 (PDF Version)

Dear Friends,

The principle that the enjoyment of human rights is both the means and the goal of development, highlights the importance of human rights monitoring as a means for empowering rights-holders to exercise their rights, whilst holding States and other actors accountable for their human rights obligations.   

Lembar Berita Elektronik FPP Oktober 2013 (versi PDF)

Teman-teman yang baik, 

Prinsip bahwa pemenuhan hak asasi manusia adalah sarana sekaligus tujuan pembangunan membawa perhatian pada pentingnya pemantauan hak asasi manusia sebagai sarana untuk memberdayakan para pemegang hak untuk menegakkan hak-hak mereka, seraya tetap menuntut tanggungjawab negara dan aktor-aktor lainnya untuk melaksanakan kewajiban hak asasi mereka.

Request for Further Consideration of the Situation of the Indigenous Peoples of Merauke, Papua Province, Indonesia, under the UN CERD's Urgent Action and Early Warning Procedures. 25 July 2013

The subject of this request is the extreme harm caused to indigenous Papuans by the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate project (the MIFEE project), a State-initiated, agro-industrial mega-project implemented by a variety of corporate entities that, to-date, encompasses around 2.5 million hectares of traditional indigenous lands in Merauke. The affected indigenous peoples have already lost a considerable area of their lands due to acquisition by these companies and conversion to plantations of one kind or another. The irreparable harm they have already experienced continues to expand and intensify as more companies commence operations. 

Permohonan untuk Mempertimbangkan Lebih Lanjut mengenai Situasi Masyarakat Adat Merauke, Provinsi Papua, Indonesia, dalam Prosedur Aksi Mendesak dan Peringatan Dini dari Komisi Pemberantasan Diskriminasi Rasial. 25 Juli 2013

Subyek permohonan ini adalah kerusakan ekstrim yang ditimbulkan terhadap masyarakat adat Papua oleh proyek Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (selanjutnya disebut “proyek MIFEE”), sebuah proyek agroindustri raksasa inisiatif Negara yang dijalankan oleh berbagai perusahaan, yang hingga saat ini mencakup tanah masyarakat adat Merauke seluas 2,5 juta hektare. Masyarakat adat yang terkena dampak proyek telah mengalami kehilangan tanah yang luas akibat pengambilalihan oleh perusahaan-perusahaan yang terlibat dan dikonversi menjadi perkebunan. Kerusakan permanen yang mereka alami terus meluas dan meningkat seiring dengan bertambahnya jumlah perusahaan yang mulai beroperasi.

Presiden Indonesia berkomitmen untuk mengakui hak-hak kolektif masyarakat adat atas wilayah mereka

Dalam sebuah pernyataan penting kepada sebuah pertemuan internasional yang dihadiri sebagian pembeli terbesar minyak sawit dan kertas-bubur kertas Indonesia, Presiden Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono mengumumkan langkah-langkah baru untuk menahan laju deforestasi. Seraya menerima tanggung jawab atas kabut asap yang lebih buruk dari biasanya akibat pembakaran hutan di perkebunan di Sumatra, yang telah mengganggu kehidupan masyarakat Singapura dan Malaysia (termasuk masyarakat Sumatra sendiri), Presiden mengaitkan perlunya pengawasan yang lebih kuat terhadap hutan dengan perlunya menjamin hak-hak masyarakat yang tergantung pada hutan dan hak-hak masyarakat adat. 

Constitutional Court ruling restores indigenous peoples' rights to their customary forests in Indonesia

In what may well prove to be a historic judgment for Indonesia's indigenous peoples, the Constitutional Court in Jakarta ruled today that the customary forests of indigenous peoples should not be classed as falling in 'State Forest Areas', paving the way for a wider recognition of indigenous peoples' rights in the archipelago. The judgment was made in response to a petition filed with the court by the national indigenous peoples' organisation AMAN (Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara) some 14 months ago. AMAN had objected to the way the 1999 Forestry Act treats indigenous peoples' 'customary forests'  as providing only weak use-rights within State Forest Areas. The judgment now opens the way for a major reallocation of forests back to the indigenous peoples who have long occupied them and looked after them. The Government's own statistics revealed last year that there are some 32,000 villages whose lands overlap areas classed as 'State Forest Areas'.

Rural Indonesians Demonstrate to Demand Land Rights and an End to Land Grabs

Following high profile cases of police violence and killings of rural people protesting land grabs, a new alliance of rural people - indigenous peoples, farmers, workers and landless people as well as supportive NGOs - is demanding the repeal of laws which allow the State to expropriate people's lands and resources in favour or large businesses. They are also demanding the passing of new laws that secure the people's rights in land and ensure ecological justice, through agrarian reforms and the recognition of indigenous peoples' rights.

Ensuring respect for ‘Free, Prior and Informed Consent’ in Indonesia

Working closely with partners in Indonesia, Forest Peoples Programme helped convene a global meeting of The Forests Dialogue about how to make sure that the right to ‘Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)’ is respected in Indonesia. The four day field dialogue held in Riau Province on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, in October 2010, brought together over 80 participants from a great variety of backgrounds including indigenous peoples, representatives of local communities, non-governmental organisations, international financial institutions, government agencies and the private sector. The meeting was the first in a planned series of field dialogues which have the main aim of exploring how in practice government agencies, commercial enterprises and non-government organizations should respect the right of indigenous peoples and local communities to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent, as expressed through their own freely chosen representative organisations, to activities that may affect their rights.