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Press Release: Palm oil regulator asked to investigate illegal land grabs by Wilmar Group supplier in Borneo

1 June, 2015


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Borneo human rights organization files complaint alleging multiple breaches of RSPO standards by palm oil supplier PT. Swadaya Mukti Prakarsa (SMP) / First Resources.

Kalimantan, 1st June 2015: Acting on behalf of local indigenous communities, on 11th May 2015 human rights and environmental organization Lingkaran Advokasidan Riset (LinkAR) Borneo delivered a complaint letter to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) alleging multiple violations of RSPO requirements by PT. Swadaya Mukti Prakarsa (PT. SMP) - a key Wilmar Group supplier and subsidiary of First Resources Group.

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Golden Agri's wings clipped by RSPO in West Kalimantan

8 May, 2015

By Philip Jacobson / Mongabay.com

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has prohibited Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), one of its most prominent members, from "acquiring or developing any new areas" pending the resolution of a formal complaint against the palm oil giant in Indonesia's West Kalimantan province.

The decision by the RSPO, the world's largest voluntary certification scheme for palm oil, is a stern directive from an organization that has been criticized for failing to take action against companies that flout its standards.

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Press Release: Expansion by Indonesia’s largest palm oil company frozen for disobeying RSPO standards

7 May, 2015

Palm oil conglomerate ordered to halt expansion of operations following multiple violations of RSPO standards.

7th May, 2015: The RSPO’s Complaints Panel has upheld the Forest Peoples Programme in its complaint against Golden Agri Resources, which was seeking to expand 18 of its operations in Kalimantan. After concluding that it has ‘reasonable grounds’ to conclude that the company is in violation of several RSPO norms, the latest ‘determination’ by the Panel notes:

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NGO Forum on ADB Calls on AIIB to Have Robust Safeguard Standards

5 May, 2015

With 57 nations already on board the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as prospective founders, a 250-member strong civil society network made an appeal to the newly-formed bank to adopt robust safeguards in its principles, policies and operations.

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Palawan: Stop Blaming Indigenous Peoples’ Farming Practices (Kaingin) for Deforestation

5 May, 2015

By Coalition against Land Grabbing and United Tribes of Palawan

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Oil Palm Free Islands

5 May, 2015

From outsiders to political representatives, the indigenous struggle in the Mentawai islands is a 20 year struggle to be heard. We learn through the eyes of Gugen, a future Indigenous leader, as he meets the villagers, shamens, newspaper & radio stations that unify these threatened islands.

Oil Palm Free Islands from Handcrafted Films on Vimeo.

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West Papua Oil Palm Atlas: The companies behind the plantation explosion.

Pusaka, awasMIFEE & local Papuan organisations

5 May, 2015

West Papua Oil Palm Atlas – The companies behind the plantation explosion

A comprehensive investigation into the oil palm industry in West Papua, published by awasMIFEE and Pusaka, together with local Papuan organisations Belantara Papua, Bin Madag Hom, Jasoil, SKP KAME and Jerat Papua, and Sawit Watch.

Available for download: https://awasmifee.potager.org/?p=1205

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Golden Agri-Resources still in violation of RSPO standards

8 April, 2015

Golden Agri-Resources, which owns Indonesia’s largest palm oil conglomerate operating under the brand name Sinar Mas, is still in violation of RSPO standards, according to Forest Peoples Programme.

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New film highlights the struggle faced by the Panduamaan and Sipituhuta community in North Sumatra

30 March, 2015

'From our Ancestors' is a very powerful and moving story about the Panduamaan and Sipituhuta community in North Sumatra, Indonesia. They are fighting to stop the growth of pulp plantations owned by PT Toba Pulp Lestari. Previously formerly affiliated with pulp and paper giant, Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) and its parent Royal Golden Eagle (RGE), and is still controlled by notorious Indonesian business tycoon Sukanto Tanoto through holding companies.

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Forest Peoples Programme complaint against Golden Agri Resources upheld

9 March, 2015

Palm oil conglomerate criticised for multiple violation of RSPO’s requirements that lands only be acquired from indigenous peoples and local communities with their free, prior and informed consent.

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