Urging the State and Corporations to Protect and Respect Environmental Human Rights Defenders in Papua

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During April 2020 to the present, June 2020, and has uncovered cases of violence, arrests, destruction of property, internal displacement, intimidation and death threats experienced by indigenous peoples and Environmental Human Rights Defenders, namely: the Moskona indigenous people in the Regency of Teluk Bintuni (April 2020) , Aifat indigenous people in Maybrat Regency (April – May 2020), Environmental Human Rights Defenders in Kampung Ikana, Kais Darat, South Sorong Regency (June 2020), and in Kali Kao, Jair District, Boven Digoel Regency (June 2020), Papua Province . Some cases invalve recurring violence against Environmental Human Rights Defenders.

Based on reports and investigations from the Pusaka Bentala Rakyat Foundation, the case is related to indigenous peoples and environmental human rights defenders having taken a stance to speak out and defend basic rights, which are at risk of being lost for the interests of corporations in the business of oil palm plantations and logging.

In press release, the Pusaka Bentala Rakyat Foundation requested that the Indonesian National Police, must ensure legal protection for citizens and Environmental Human Rights Defenders, and strive to enforce the law in a serious and just manner when they receive reports from indigenous peoples or Human Rights Defenders. (For complete press release, read here: Urging the State and Corporations to Protect and Respect Environmental Human Rights Defenders)

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