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Stop Military business and respect the rights of indigenous Papuans.

July 22, 2016

Translation of a Press Release from a Coalition of Civil Society

On 16th July 2016 soldiers from the sub-district military command in
Muting, Merauke Regency, came to look for Agustinus Dayo Mahuze, the
chair of the Mahuze clan in Muting village, at his house. Their
intention was to invite him to meet with the bosses of oil palm company
PT Agriprima Cipta Persada (ACP) at the plantation site, and also to
deliver a notice signed by the chair of the Kartika Setya Jaya
co-operative, a military business linked to the District Military Comand
1707 in Merauke. The letter was dated 11th July 2016 and with reference
number 8/16/VII/2016, and it gave notice of a permit of a work contract
to clear land for oil palm in PT ACP’s concession..

The soldiers from the sub-district military command met Agustinus Dayo
Mahuze away from his house, on the road towards Mbilanggo village, that
afternoon, and stated the purpose of their visit. When the military
officers told Agustinus Dayo about the plans between the co-operative
and the company he felt threatened, afraid and anxious.
PT ACP’s has often involved the military and police in support of its
business interests, and they have participated in activities related to
obtaining the right to use land and in clearing land. This work has been
accompanied by intimidation and threats of violence, generating
nervousness and tension between the local community and the company,
government and police and military personnel. Evidence for this are the
letters the community repeatedly sent to the government, the police and
military and the National Human Rights Commission between January and
July 2015, to which they received no meaningful response.

Before that, the community had already made their feelings clear to the
government and company by erecting notices around their ancestral land
that read “the greater Mahuze clan’s land is not to be used for oil
palm”. The community are also hoping to resolve the problem of a few
members of the clan who have yet to repay money which had been given to
a them as land compensation and which is being considered as proof of
the transfer of land title, despite the fact that the clan members who
accepted it did so without the general agreement of the whole greater
Mahuze clan.

The involvement of the state security apparatus in providing security
for PT ACP’s business interests, and even taking a direct role in the
enterprise by clearing company land which is still disputed, and the way
this creates a feeling amongst the community that they are not safe and
facing injustice, represents a violation of the constitution and the
law. The actions of these military personnel are also in contradiction
to the military’s national commander to reform military institutions,
including placing curbs on military businesses.

Because of this, we demand:

(1) The Coordinating Minister for Law and Human Rights, National
Military Commander and Chief of Police should put a halt to military
business, in which the military provides security for or expedites
corporate business activities in ways which violate the law and do not
support local communities;

(2) The National Military Commander and Police Chief should give harsh
penalties to police or military personnel found to be involved in such
businesses which lie outside their institutional remit and cause anxiety
in local communities;

(3) The Agriculture Minister and Bupati of Merauke Regency should
undertake a social and environmental audit, and a review of permits for
work being carried out by oil palm company PT Agriprima Cipta Persada in
Muting, Merauke.

We support reforms police and military institutions in such a way that
they can provide protection and service for citizens, and we also hope
that all parties will show respect for the rights of Papuan indigenous

Jakarta 22 July 2016

Coalition of Civil Society Organisations
PUSAKA, Yayasan Satu Keadilan, ELSAM, Konsorsium Pembaruan Agraria, SKP
Keuskupan Merauke, SKP KC Fransiskan Jayapura, LBH Jakarta, Perkumpulan
JUBI, debtwatch Indonesia, Epistema Institute, GRAIN International,
Sekretariat Bina Desa, Koalisi Rakyat untuk Keadilan Perikanan,
Indonesian Human Rights Committee for Social Justice, WALHI, Perkumpulan
Bantuan Hukum Kalimantan, Institut Global Justice, Solidaritas
Perempuan, SAMPAN Kalimantan, HUMA, JKMA Aceh, JERAT Papua, Yayasan Anak
Dusun Papua, AURIGA, Institute Ecosoc, KONTRAS, Yayasan Lembaga Bantuan
Hukum Indonesia, GARDA Papua, FIM Papua. Individual supporters: Rahma
Mary, Idham Arsyad, Dede Shineba, Budi Hernawan, Teguh Surya.

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