Mediation: Strategy or Objective? Reflections on the conflict mediation process between PT Asiatic Persada and the Suku Anak Dalam (Batin Sembilan) communities of Jambi, Indonesia

This report summarises the various phases of the mediation process between PT Asiatic Persada and the Batin Sembilan communities in Jambi, Sumatra, including the initial phase of mediation by SETARA and the second phase of mediation facilitated by the Joint Mediation Team of the International Finance Corporation Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (IFC CAO) and the Jambi province government.

Indonesia: IFC CAO withdraws from mediation process in PT Asiatic Persada oil palm concession

The International Finance Corporation Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (IFC CAO) has formally announced its withdrawal from the case of PT Asiatic Persada, following the sale of the concession by Wilmar in April 2013, and the new management’s decision to continue mediation through a government team instead. This is despite the fact that the affected Batin Sembilan communities and complaint signatory NGOs have repeatedly called on the IFC CAO to continue its role as mediator and to encourage the company to pursue this avenue towards conflict resolution.

Indonésie : Le conseiller-médiateur de la SFI se retire du processus de médiation sur la concession de palmiers à huile de PT Asiatic Persada

Le conseiller-médiateur de la Société financière internationale a officiellement annoncé son retrait du dossier concernant PT Asiatic Persada, suite à la vente de la concession par Wilmar en avril 2013, et la décision prise par la nouvelle direction de poursuivre la médiation à l’aide d’une équipe gouvernementale.  Ceci en dépit du fait que les communautés batin sembilan concernées et les ONG signataires de la plainte ont demandé à maintes reprises au conseiller-médiateur de la SFI de continuer à assurer la médiation et d’encourager l’entreprise à poursuivre dans cette voie en vue de résoudre le conflit.

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."

Indonésie : le géant de l’huile de palme, Wilmar, abandonne encore une fois les communautés locales et met leur avenir en péril

Le géant de l’huile de palme, membre de la Table ronde pour une huile de palme durable (RSPO), Wilmar, a accepté de vendre sa concession de palmier à huile PT Asiatic Persada sans consultation préalable ou respect du consentement libre, préalable et éclairé des communautés autochtones batin sembilan, déjà engagées dans un processus de médiation des conflits fonciers. L’accord de vente passé avec des entreprises non-membres de la RSPO et qui ne sont pas financées par la Société financière internationale compromet le processus de médiation actuel du Compliance/Advisory Ombudsman (CAO) de la Société financière internationale (SFI) sur de nombreux conflits fonciers dans la concession, en cours depuis début 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.

Politique de la Banque mondiale en matière d’huile de palme

En 2011, le Groupe de la Banque mondiale (GBM) a adopté un cadre et une stratégie d’investissement dans le secteur de l’huile de palme. La nouvelle approche a été adoptée sur instruction de l’ancien Président de la Banque mondiale, Robert Zoellick, après un audit accablant du Compliance Advisory Ombudsman (CAO) semi-indépendant de la Société financière internationale (SFI), qui constatait que la SFI finançait le géant de l’huile de palme, Wilmar, sans faire preuve de la diligence requise et de façon contraire aux normes de performance de la SFI. Wilmar est le plus grand négociant d’huile de palme au monde, fournissant pas moins de 45 % de l’huile de palme commercialisée à l’échelle globale. L’audit, effectué en réponse à une série de plaintesdétaillées du Forest Peoples Programme et de ses partenaires, a confirmé nombre de nos préoccupations quant au fait que Wilmar développait ses activités en Indonésie en violation des prescriptions légales, des normes de la RSPO et des normes et procédures de la SFI. Presque immédiatement après la mise en place de l'audit, la SFI a renoncé à ses nombreux autres investissements dans le secteur de l’huile de palme en Asie du Sud-Est.

Securing High Conservation Values in Central Kalimantan: Report of the Field Investigation in Central Kalimantan of the RSPO Ad Hoc Working Group on High Conservation Values in Indonesia

This report provides an account of a short investigation carried out by the RSPO's Ad Hoc Working Group on High Conservation Values in Indonesia. It is being circulated to promote comprehension and discussion about the legal and procedural obstacles to securing such values in the oil palm sector in Indonesia with the view to promoting changes and legal reforms in order to secure these values more effectively. This version includes detailed comments on the report by Wilmar International.

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


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.”