A New Zealand explorer who trekked in West Papua before Indonesian rule says he's saddened to see what colonisation has done to the region's indigenous people.
Indigenous & Minority Rights
July 19, 2021
March 31, 2021
Jakarta (Reuters) – An ambitious Indonesian project to create a single database of the country's land area and stop conflicts is destined to flounder unless it includes maps created by
September 5, 2020
Lawmakers will push for the House of Representatives to endorse the indigenous peoples bill during the next plenary meeting in order to speed up the bill's deliberation.
August 20, 2020
Febriana Firdaus, Bali, Indonesia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Housewife Kristina 'Katy' Wambon rarely serves rice for breakfast.
August 14, 2020
Fidelis Eka Satriastanti and Sophie Chao – Indigenous People fought alongside youth movements in the creation of an Indonesian nation.
August 6, 2020
Harry Jacques, Jakarta – Indonesia has cut back its planned transfer of state forests to local communities this year by half – an area twice the size of Los Angeles – because of the co
July 23, 2020
Jakarta – Indigenous faith group Sunda Wiwitan has said local authorities have committed a human rights violation by closing off a tomb built by the group's followers in West Java.
July 16, 2020
On July 9, 2020, 14 Indonesian indigenous and human rights organisations, and the Forest Peoples Programme, submitted a report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Rac
June 25, 2020
Harry Jacques, Denpasar, Bali – Jangat Pico, a member of the Orang Rimba indigenous people who live on Indonesia's Sumatra island, was reluctant to say the name of the new coronavirus
June 16, 2020
Agnes Anya, Trunyan, Indonesia – For centuries Bali's Trunyanese people have left their dead to decompose in the open, the bodies placed in bamboo cages until only the skeletons remain
April 19, 2020
A logging company, PT Wanagalang Utama, is felling timber on indigenous land from Aisnak, in the Far South East Aifat subdistrict, Maybrat Regency, to as far as South Moskona subdistri
April 2, 2020
Lies Wijayanti Rahayu Faida – Indonesia is home to the third-largest tropical forest after the Amazon and Congo.
April 1, 2020
Jon Afrizal and Markus Makur, Jambi and East Manggarai – Indigenous communities across Indonesia are scrambling with their own ways to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in their homeland
February 21, 2020
Belseran Christ, Maluku – The Eastern Seram Police have released four locals as of Thursday but continued to detain 22 others from Sabuai village, Siwalat district, Eastern Seram regen
February 4, 2020
Ade Mardiyati – One afternoon in May 1998, Eddy Tjondronimpuno Tambuang was at work when he heard that riots were erupting across Jakarta.
January 31, 2020
Truly Santika, Matthew Struebig and Sugeng Budiharta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's administration will continue giving permits for local communities and indigenous peoples to mana
December 10, 2019
Jakarta – The Secretary General of the Nusantara Traditional Community Alliance (AMAN) Rukka Sombolinggi says that traditional communities are desperately waiting for the ratification
November 21, 2019
Jakarta – A Chinese-Indonesian student has submitted a judicial review to the Constitutional Court challenging an article of the Law on Yogyakarta's special status that bars Indonesian
November 17, 2019
Yulida Medistiara, Jakarta – The Nusantara Traditional Community Alliance (AMAN) has criticised the government's plan for couples to take pre-marital lessons on family life and childre
September 30, 2019
Randy Mulyanto – Fong Kui Kong, the head of the only Chinese temple in East Timor's capital, Dili, welcomes visitors who come seeking blessings for their children's health or the new b
September 23, 2019
Nick Baker – Indigenous people around Indonesia are losing their forests to palm oil plantations at a "massive scale", according to a rights group.
September 21, 2019
Nazish Dholakia and Juliana Nnoko-Mewanu – In recent years, Indonesia's forests have been razed at an astonishing rate to make way for oil palm plantations – palm oil being a lucrative
July 17, 2019
Jakarta – On May 16, 2012, the Constitutional Court restored the rights of indigenous peoples over customary forests. This decision has had wide implications.
July 15, 2019
Jakarta (Antara) – An anthropology lecturer at the University of Cendrawasih in Jayapura, Hari Suroto expressed his concern over the diminishing users of the local traditional 'koteka'
June 26, 2019
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The Lake Toba Authority (BPODT) has ordered an indigenous tribe who live near the massive lake to leave a state-owned land plot upon accusations that they have