Indonesia

Selling out West Papua

A video investigation on allegations of fraud and human rights abuses in billion-dollar land deals in West Papua, Indonesia to develop oil palm plantation.

Indonesia: Police crackdown on peasants protesting land-grab by a Michelin subsidiary

Peasants living in Jambi province, Indonesia, were in for a shock when the police arrested Junawal, a local peasant leader and organiser on May 26, 2020. Junawal was leading the local resistance against a subsidiary of Royal Lestari Utama (RLU), a joint venture company between PT Barito Pasifik and French transnational tyre-manufacturing giant Michelin that manages more than 88,000 hectares of plantation land in Jambi and East Kalimantan.

Olam secures a US$176 million term loan from IFC and JICA

The funds will be used for the procurement of specific agri-commodities from smallholder farmers in Vietnam, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and Uganda as well as the expansion of Olam’s cocoa processing facility in Indonesia.

Land conflicts escalate with spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia

On March 21, security personnel from the palm oil firm PT Artha Prigel clashed with farmers in Lahat district, in South Sumatra province. Two farmers were killed in the fighting, the latest flare-up in a conflict that goes back nearly three decades. Locals accuse the company — a subsidiary of the Sawit Mas Group, which supplies oleochemicals to Procter & Gamble — of stealing their land. Activists have denounced the escalation in the conflicts, saying businesses shouldn’t be taking advantage of the country’s focus on dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic to further their own — often illegal — interests.