Jakarta – Nine families have just moved to temporary housing as Indonesia proceeds with the Rempang Eco-City project, according to the city development agency BP Batam.
Land & Agrarian Conflicts
November 23, 2023
November 20, 2023
Ryan Tans – The sun was setting over the Makassar Strait as my plane descended. The Jeneberang River wound through the city below.
November 10, 2023
Jakarta – BP Batam, the city's development agency, said that they hoped the public would not get easily provoked by rumors about Rempang.
November 8, 2023
Donny Iqbal, Sumedang, Indonesia – Udit Surdiat only became a boat driver after he lost the rights to his farmland.
November 4, 2023
Dani Prabowo, Jakarta – Human Rights activist Usman Hamid says that the statement by Defense Minister and presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto, who said that the riots in Rempang, Riau
November 3, 2023
Jakarta – Members of the Hongana Manyawa tribe, the indigenous people of East Halmahera, North Maluku, have reportedly blocked heavy equipment from entering the Aki Sangaji River in a b
November 2, 2023
Novan, Jakarta – Rempang Island residents in Riau Islands continue to voice their resistance to the creation of the Rempang Eco-City national strategic project (PSN) on the island, acco
October 23, 2023
Nikita Sud – I first visited Rempang island in Summer 2022.
October 22, 2023
Arlina Arshad, Rempang, Indonesia – For more than a month now, feisty housewives have been forming human roadblocks to screen unfamiliar vehicles and strangers entering the fishing vill
October 15, 2023
Sabrina Asril, Jakarta – The Solidarity Coalition for Bangkal has announced its initial finding on a series of clashes between residents and police at Bangkal Village in Seruyan, Centra
October 14, 2023
Jakarta – BP Batam, the city's development agency, is offering scholarships and training for the Rempang residents who have moved to temporary housing in support of the Rempang eco-city
Jakarta – A number of Rempang locals have moved to temporary housing following the eco-city project development on the island.
October 11, 2023
Jakarta – Traditional Melayu (Malay) communities gathered at the Muhammad Musa Soccer Field at the Sembulang village in Galang sub-district, Batam City, in the Riau Islands on Wednesday
Jakarta – The National Police were accused by a rights group on Tuesday of opening fire on a protest in Kalimantan against an oil palm company last week, killing one demonstrator and in
Jakarta – As many as eight families moved Saturday to temporary housing following the development of the Rempang eco-city project.
October 10, 2023
Tria Dianti, Jakarta – The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) said Monday it would investigate a deadly clash between police and villagers in Central Kalimantan who were p
Hans Nicholas Jong, Balikpapan, East Kalimantan – Activists have slammed the Indonesian police for rights violations after officers reportedly shot dead a villager and injured at least
October 9, 2023
Jakarta – A number of groups have condemned the fatal shooting by police of a local resident from the village of Bangkal, Seruyan regency, Central Kalimantan, on Saturday October 7.
October 6, 2023
October 5, 2023
Jakarta – A total of 16 families are now living in temporary housing as Indonesia works to develop the eco-city project in Rempang.
Wahyu Chandra, Makassar, Indonesia – Daeng Bau says he has no plans to move from his home on the tiny island of Lae-Lae, a stone's throw across the seafront here in Makassar, the capita
Rempang, Riau Islands – Sitting on a creaky bridge linking stilt houses, fisherman Sadam Husen fears for his people and their traditions, knowing they may be uprooted from their ancestr
October 3, 2023
Antara, Jakarta – Minister of Investment and head of the Investment Coordination Board (BKPM) Bahlil Lahadalia reiterated on Monday that the government has never offered any privileges
Han Revanda Putra, Jakarta – Investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia claimed that Rempang residents do not reject investment.
October 1, 2023
Antara, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for economic affairs Airlangga Hartarto, on Friday (September 29), visited Rempang Island, Riau Island Province, to affirm the government's vow t
September 29, 2023
Dian Erika Nugraheny, Icha Rastika, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan says that the environmental impact analysis (Amdal) for t
September 27, 2023
Riri Rahayu, Jakarta – Ombudsman member Johanes Widijantoro stated that the government is applying pressure against the residents of Rempang, Batam, to agree with relocation in order to
September 26, 2023
Riri Rahayu, Jakarta – Investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia canceled plans to relocate the people of Rempang Island, Batam, to Galang Island.
September 25, 2023
Jakarta – The Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) has found that national strategic projects (PSN) and the management of natural resources (SDA) under the administration of Presiden
Nur Khasanah Apriliani, Jakarta – Zenzi Suhadi, the executive director of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), disclosed the fact that the national strategic project (PSN)
September 24, 2023
Vitorio Mantalean, Jessi Carina, Jakarta – The Agrarian Reform Consortium (KPA) has recorded at least 73 agrarian conflicts that have broken out in different parts of the country since
Vitorio Mantalean, Ambaranie Nadia Kemala Movanita, Jakarta – The Agrarian Reform Consortium (KPA) has recorded 2,710 incidents of agrarian conflicts between 2015 and 2022 or during the
September 23, 2023
Jakarta – A protest action in front of the Pohuwato regent's office in Gorontalo province, on Thursday September 21, has ended in chaos, with protesters torching the regent's office aft
September 22, 2023
Jakarta – Failure to clear the 2,000 hectares of land that China's Xinyi Glass needs to develop the US$11.6 billion project on 17,000-ha Rempang Island near Singapore, comprising an eco
Jakarta – Protesters have set fire to a mayor's office in Gorontalo to demand compensation over a mining company's activity in their area, police said, adding that several arrests had b
September 21, 2023
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Critics have questioned the Indonesian government's priorities as it prepares to evict longtime residents of a small island to make way for a $25 billion d
September 20, 2023
Riri Rahayu, Jakarta – The Legal and Policy Studies Manager of the Indonesian Forum for Living Environment (Walhi) Satrio Manggala criticizes the national strategic project of Rempang E
September 19, 2023
Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – The Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) urged the investors in Rempang Eco-City to identify and assess the human rights impact of the city d
Jakarta – An Indonesian minister on Monday said the country is committed to developing the resource-rich island of Rempang, south of Batam, into an industrial park, following clashes be
Yohanes Maharso Joharsoyo, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, said the Rempang residents are generally willing to be relocated.
September 18, 2023
Catholic students in Indonesia are helping villagers affected by a state-sponsored geothermal project in Christian-majority Flores Island to improve their livelihoods.
Jakarta – The government is forging ahead with its plan to construct an industrial area on Rempang Island, despite opposition from local residents who reject relocation and have clashed
Jakarta – The Nusantara Traditional Community Alliance (AMAN) and the Nusantara Traditional Community Defense Association (PPMAN) have highlighted the polemic over the forced relocation
Ady Muzwardi, Siwage Dharma Negara – Unhappiness among villagers in Rempang, close to Batam island, has led to riots in Batam City and threatens existing and future foreign investment.
Dio Suhenda and Fadli, Jakarta – Several cabinet members and high-ranking police officers visited Rempang island and neighboring Batam in the Riau archipelago over the weekend, as the g
Riri Rahayu, Jakarta – Investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia stated that the investment in Rempang Island will benefit the public.
September 15, 2023
Tika Ayu, Yogi Eka Sahputra, Jakarta – Muhaimin Iskandar, a vice presidential candidate endorsed by the Coalition for Change, said he had been informed that the temporary shelters for t