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.

Kazakhstan: Activists jailed in criminal probes

On June 6 protesters expressed demands, including a ban on leasing land to foreign companies and the release of political prisoners, such as Max Bokaev, who was imprisoned for peacefully protesting proposed land code amendments.