Timika, Jubi – A coalition of tribal leaders and environmental groups in Nabire urged Papua Governor Lukas Enembe to protect the rights of indigenous people from environmental destruction.
The coalition, consisting of the Meepago Tribal Council, Environmental Council of Indigenous Papuans, Pusaka, and Greenpeace said on Monday (02/02/2015) Enembe should abide by Law No. 21 of 2001 on the recognition and protection of indigenous peoples’ rights and Law No. 39 of 1999 on Human Rights,
“We the Governor of Papua to revoke Plantation Business permit of PT. Nabire Baru in Nabire, and then invite both PT. Nabire Baru and Yerisiam Tribal Peoples to sit together. If the company did not want to meet the demands, its permit will be revoked,” the group said.
The coalition also urged, PT. Nabire Baru and PT. Sariwana Unggul Mandiri to open negotiations with the owners of customary rights, Yerisiam and Mee tribes to discuss the MoU with Indigenous Peoples and timber compensation.
They also demanded that the sale of land transaction by Yunus Monei to Imam Basrowi on October 15, 2008 be declared invalid because it violated the rights of indigenous people and because a person is not allowed to have customary land covering thousands of acres. (Eveerth Joumilena/Tina)