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Press Release - Indonesia: The Governor of Jambi Province must take action to tackle unscrupulous conduct of palm oil plantation PT Asiatic Persada

Nurman Nuri, Leader of the Suku Anak Dalam group 113 of Pinang Tinggi in the Indonesian province of Jambi, stated in a press conference held on 3 October 2013 at the office of Indonesian NGO CAPPA: "We demand that the Governor of Jambi Province immediately revokes the HGU (Business Use Permit) of PT Asiatic Persada, as since its establishment in the 1980s no benefits at all have been derived by the indigenous Suku Anak Dalam living in this territory, only misery."

Informasi untuk Pers: Gubernur, berhentilah melindungi PT Asiatic Persada

Informasi untuk Pers – 7 Oktober 2013

“Kami menuntut agar Gubernur Propinsi Jambi segera mencabut HGU PT Asiatic Persada, karena keberadaan PT Asiatic Persada sejak tahun 1980-an tidak sedikitpun memberikan manfaat bagi masyarakat Suku Anak Dalam yang berdiam diwilayah tersebut, justru kesengsaraan yang terjadi.” Itulah kalimat yang diucapkan Nurman Nuri, Ketua Kelompok SAD 113 Pinang Tinggi dalam konferensi press yang dilakukan pada hari Kami, 3 Oktober 2013 di kantor CAPPA.

Indonesia: Perusahaan kelapa sawit raksasa Wilmar kembali mengecewakan komunitas lokal dan membahayakan masa depan mereka

Perusahaan kelapa sawit raksasa dan anggota Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Wilmar, telah menyetujui penjualan konsesi kelapa sawit PT Asiatic Persada, tanpa konsultasi sebelumnya atau penghormatan terhadap Keputusan Bebas, Didahulukan dan Diinformasikan dari masyarakat adat Batin Sembilan yang sudah terlibat dalam proses mediasi konflik lahan. Kesepakatan penjualan dengan perusahaan yang bukan merupakan anggota RSPO dan  tidak didanai oleh International Finance Corporation membahayakan proses mediasi yang tengah ditenggarai International Finance Corporation (IFC) Compliance/Advisory Ombudsman (CAO) atas berbagai konflik lahan di konsesi tersebut sejak awal 2012.

The World Bank’s Palm Oil Policy

In 2011, the World Bank Group (WBG) adopted a Framework and Strategy for investment in the palm oil sector. The new approach was adopted on the instructions of former World Bank President Robert Zoellick, after a damning audit by International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) semi-independent Compliance Advisory Ombudsman (CAO) had shown that IFC staff were financing the palm oil giant, Wilmar, without due diligence and contrary to the IFC’s Performance Standards. Wilmar is the world’s largest palm oil trader, supplying no less than 45% of globally traded palm oil. The audit, carried out in response to a series of detailed complaints[1] from Forest Peoples Programme and partners, vindicated many of our concerns that Wilmar was expanding its operations in Indonesia in violation of legal requirements, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standards and IFC norms and procedures. Almost immediately after the audit was triggered, IFC divested itself of its numerous other palm oil investments in Southeast Asia.

Kebijakan Minyak Sawit Bank Dunia

Tahun 2011, Kelompok Bank Dunia [World Bank Group] mengesahkan satu Kerangka Kerja dan Strategi untuk investasi dalam sektor minyak sawit. Pendekatan baru ini disyahkan atas instruksi mantan Presiden Bank Dunia Robert Zoellick, setelah audit yang memalukan oleh badan semi independen Compliance Advisory Ombudsman (CAO) International Finance Corporation (IFC) yang menunjukan bahwa staf IFC mendanai raksasa minyak sawit, Wilmar, tanpa uji tuntas dan bertentangan Standar Kinerja IFC.

Press Release: New Report Exposes Human Rights Abuses in Wilmar Group Plantation in Jambi, Indonesia. Embargoed for 00:00 GMT, November 21 2011

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EMBARGOED for 8 am Malaysia 21 November 2011

A new report released today exposes how local Indonesian police (BRIMOB) in Jambi, working with plantation staff, systematically evicted people from three settlements, firing guns to scare them off and then using heavy machinery to destroy their dwellings and bulldoze concrete floors into the nearby creeks. The operations were carried out over a week in mid-August this year and have already sparked an international controversy. Andiko, Executive Director of the Indonesian community rights NGO, HuMa said: 

“Forced evictions at gun point and the destruction of the homes of men, women and children without warning or a court order constitute serious abuses of human rights and are contrary to police norms. The company must now make reparations but individual perpetrators should also be investigated and punished in accordance with the law.”