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New report reveals the danger of not placing community land rights and human rights centre stage in climate change negotiations

The global forest crisis is worsening as infringements of the rights of indigenous peoples and forest-dependent communities are rising, according to a detailed assessment of nine country cases. Climate change mitigation and conservation policies must place community land rights and human rights centre-stage if they are to achieve the goal of sustainably reducing deforestation says the report.

Press Release - Starvation and poverty in Indonesia: civil society organisations appeal for suspension of MIFEE project in Papua pending redress for local communities

The Indonesian government has issued an industrial timber plantation licence for use on the Zanegi community’s customary lands to timber company PT Selaras Inti Semesta, a subsidiary of the Medco Group, whose concession extends over 169,400 ha, and which is one of over 80 companies operating as part of the government-sponsored Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE) agro-industrial mega-project.

Kelaparan dan kemiskinan di Indonesia: organisasi masyarakat sipil menyerukan penghentian proyek MIFEE di Papua sebelum ada perbaikan bagi masyarakat setempat

Informasi untuk Pers – tidak untuk disiarkan hingga pukul 07:00 WIB 2 September 2013

Kampung Zanegi di Kabupaten Merauke Provinsi Papua suram dan sunyi, berkebalikan dengan gemuruhnya suara bulldozer dan chainsaw yang terdengar dari kejauhan. Di ujung sebuah deretan rumah sederhana, Yosefa, 31 tahun, seorang ibu asli Orang Malind beranak tiga, membungkuk di samping tungku untuk mengorek-ngorek bara yang hampir mati. Ia menimang anaknya berumur tiga tahun untuk menidurkannya. Mata anak itu kurus dan cekung. Yosefa sendiri kurus kering  dan lesu akibat kurang gizi, ia mengusap bulir keringat di dahinya yang panas karena demam. Ia menceritakan kisah sebuah kampung di ambang kematian.