Boven Digoel, Jubi – Oil palm plantation company Tunas Sawa Erma (TSE) Group in collaboration with the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) Papua Representative held human rights workshop and training for indigenous communities owner of customary land in Asiki, Boven Digoel, from December 15 to 17, 2021.
The workshop was led by head of Komnas HAM Papua Frits B. Ramandey, and was attended by representatives of all TSE Group business units and each clan leader in the company area.
Ramandey explained that this activity was intended so that the participants, especially indigenous peoples, can advocate for themselves by conveying information based on field data in the form of accountable reports.
TSE Group General Manager Jemmy Senduk said that this training was a follow-up to the recommendations of the Komnas HAM Papua.
"The goal is for Indigenous peoples to understand what their rights are to the company and how to apply it in their lives," he said.
During the workshop, the participants received material on the rights of indigenous peoples to a healthy environment, forms of human rights violations in business, as well as techniques for writing and filing reports on human rights violations.
Jemmy hoped that through these materials, Indigenous Papuans would have a broader and more comprehensive knowledge on human rights, whereas the company could better respect and realize the fulfilment of the Indigenous peoples' rights.
Frits Ramandey appreciated TSE Group's willingness to implement Komnas HAM recommendations. "I fully appreciate the efforts of TSE, which has opened itself to realize our recommendations to hold a human rights workshop and training for Indigenous peoples," he said in a press release received by Jubi on Monday, December 27.
Meanwhile, one of the Indigenous peoples owners of customary rights, Paskalis Kinun Wohing, welcomed the training held by the TSE Group and Komnas HAM Papua. "The training is very good and useful for us. Hopefully, the Komnas HAM Papua can be a bridge between the TSE Group and Indigenous peoples to ensure the granting of the people's rights," he said.
The TSE Group's commitment to fulfilling the human rights of the indigenous Papuan people living around the company does not stop here. The group plans to pass an assessment on business standards and human rights policy applied within the company in 2022. The assessment will be carried out by the Komnas HAM Papua.