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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.

CAO IFC menarik diri dari proses mediasi di konsesi perkebunan kelapa sawit PT Asiatic Persada

Ombudsman/Penasihat Kepatuhan Korporasi Keuangan Internasional [Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman of International Finance Corporation ( IFC CAO )] secara resmi mengumumkan pengunduran diri dari kasus PT Asiatic Persada, menyusul penjualan konsesi tersebut oleh Wilmar pada bulan April 2013, dan keputusan manajemen baru untuk sebaliknya melanjutkan mediasi melalui tim pemerintah. Hal ini terlepas dari fakta bahwa masyarakat Batin Sembilan yang terkena dampak dan NGO penandatangan pengaduan telah berulang kali menyerukan kepada CAO IFC untuk melanjutkan perannya sebagai mediator dan mendorong perusahaan untuk mengambil jalan ini untuk menyelesaikan konflik. Serangkaian pertemuan penutupan pertama berlangsung di Jambi pada tanggal 26 Oktober 2013 dan ditandai dengan aksi walk-out bersama dari NGO penandatangan pengaduan, yaitu FPP, Sawit Watch, CAPPA dan SETARA Jambi, setelah penyerahan Pernyataan Bersama untuk CAO IFC yang merangkum berbagai keluhan dan menyoroti kelemahan-kelemahan sistemik dan prosedural yang serius dalam keterlibatan CAO IFC itu sendiri, yang sedikit banyak telah berkontribusi pada kegagalan proses mediasi di PT Asiatic Persada.

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.

A Política do Banco Mundial sobre o Óleo de Palma

Em 2011, o Grupo Banco Mundial (WBG na sigla em inglês) adotou um Quadro e Estratégia para investimentos no setor de óleo de palma. A nova abordagem foi adotada sob instruções do ex-presidente do Banco Mundial, Robert Zoellick, depois de uma condenatória auditoria realizada pelo Compliance Advisory Ombudsman - CAO - (Ouvidor para a Verificação do Cumprimento das Regras) da International Finance Corporation - IFC- (Corporação Financeira Internacional) ter revelado que o pessoal da IFC estava financiando o gigante do óleo de palma, Wilmar[1], sem a devida diligência, e contrário às Normas de Desempenho da IFC. Wilmar é o maior comerciante de óleo de palma do mundo, abastecendo nada menos que 45% do óleo de palma comercializado mundialmente. A auditoria, realizada em resposta a uma série de reclamações detalhadas do Forest Peoples Programme e dos seus parceiros, confirmou muitas das nossas preocupações de que Wilmar estava expandindo suas operações na Indonésia, em violação às exigências legais, normas da Mesa Redonda sobre Óleo de Palma Sustentável (RSPO na sigla em inglês) e as normas e procedimentos da IFC. Quase imediatamente depois do início da auditoria, a IFC desfez-se dos seus outros inúmeros investimentos em óleo de palma no sudeste da Ásia.

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.