WHAT’S NEXT FOR INDONESIA’S STALLED INDIGENOUS RIGHTS BILL?

05/07/2018

Indonesia's long-awaited indigenous rights bill to solidify the government's duty to protect indigenous collective rights is further delayed with the Indonesian Ministry of Home Affairs, suggesting the bill is not considered essential. Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo recently announced “the passage of an indigenous rights bill is not yet a concrete necessity.” Following an outcry from advocates for greater recognition and protection of indigenous rights, the ministry rephrased their position on the rights bill, but it still remains unclear whether the bill will make it through the legislative process before the end of this parliament term. There are also concerns about the bill's impact; some claim it may complicate indigenous communities’ ability to secure tenure over their land and forests. For the full story, see: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/05/whats-next-for-the-indonesias-stalled-indigenous-rights-bill/.