INDONESIA ANNOUNCES NEW INITATIVES TO EASE CONCERNS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

03/20/2017

During a rare congress of the Indigenous People's Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) underway in a Sumatran village, Indonesian forestry minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar outlined initiatives to bolster indigenous rights. However, the announcement was met with much skepticism as it fell short of the campaign promises made by President Joko Widodo, which included pledges to fight for a law on indigenous rights, create a national mechanism for resolving land conflicts, end the criminalization of indigenous persons and more. AMAN is asking the administration to recognize an area of eight million hectares (roughly the size of South Carolina) as belonging to indigenous groups, as well as the creation of a task force to coordinate the administration’s work on indigenous rights. The administration believes that forming a task force would only encumber any efforts to ensure indigenous rights, and that the Ministry of Environment and Forestry should address the matters directly. For the full story, see https://news.mongabay.com/2017/03/indonesias-indigenous-peoples-will-ha…