Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – An independent initiative in Indonesia has mapped Indigenous lands covering an area half the size of Germany since it began in 2010, nearly a third of it i
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May 5, 2022
February 10, 2022
Hengky Yeimo, Jayapura, Jubi – Papua land is increasingly being targeted by investors, especially investors in oil palm plantations and mining.
December 29, 2021
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 r
December 20, 2021
Alexander Loen, Jayapura, Jubi – The agenda on recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic must also favor the interests and needs of Indigenous Peoples, Ministry of Education and Culture's dir
December 13, 2021
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – A court in Indonesia has rejected a bid by two palm oil companies to have their permits restored after they were scrapped by local authorities for a litany
December 7, 2021
Reiner Brabar, Aimas – Supporting the regional government's plan to revoke the business permits of three palm oil companies, at least 53 organisations have decided to spend the night at
An Indonesian court has delivered a landmark victory for Indigenous rights in a case that pitted West Papuan activists against several palm oil companies.
December 2, 2021
Ryan Dagur, Jakarta – An Indonesian Christian governor is under fire for threatening and insulting indigenous people protesting against land earmarked as a site for a cattle development
November 26, 2021
Hans Nicholas Jong, Natalia Laurensia Carmelia Yewen, Sorong, Indonesia – An Indigenous clan in Indonesia's easternmost region of Papua has had its rights to its ancestral lands and for
October 26, 2021
An environmental NGO has hailed a West Papua district head's decision to recognise customary land rights.
August 18, 2021
Timoteus Marten, Jayapura – Most of the customary land in Wembi Village, Manam District, Keerom Regency has been taken for oil palm plantations and other development projects.
August 16, 2021
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (AMAN) on Monday criticized President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo for wearing a traditional clothing of th
August 4, 2021
Elviza Diana, Sapariah Saturi, Yitno Suprapto, Jakarta and jambi, Indonesia – As Indonesia reels from a devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a requirement that vaccine reci
July 19, 2021
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.
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
June 14, 2019
Bangkok – A pledge by Indonesia to hand back control of customary forests to indigenous people is being hampered by overlapping land claims for mines, plantations, forests and public l
June 13, 2019
Sophie Chao – In West Papua, Indonesia, both conventional and "green" palm oil projects dispossess and exclude Indigenous people from their lands.
April 16, 2019
Juliana Nnoko-Mewanu – On Wednesday, Indonesians go to the polls to determine their next president.
Asip Hasani, Blitar, East Java – At least 240 Shia adherents in Sidoarjo, East Java, will be able to vote in a shelter, an East Java General Elections Commission (KPU East Java) offici
David Robie – A human rights defender and researcher has warned in a new book published on the eve of the Indonesian national elections tomorrow that the centralised political system h
March 6, 2019
Primus Dorimulu, Jakarta – Papua looks blue from up above. Its shorelines and mountains are covered with verdant forest.
February 4, 2019
Bangkok – A highway under construction in Indonesia's Papua province is hurting the environment and stoking conflict by threatening indigenous land rights, analysts and activists said.
January 23, 2019
Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – The issue of the Anak Dalam tribe, also known as the Orang Rimba, who traditionally live deep in the forest in Jambi in small nomadic groups, came into the
January 16, 2019
Sophie Raynor – There used to be thousands of them – the children of the children of the first Chinese people to migrate to Timor-Leste in the 1800s and their indigenous Timorese husba
January 2, 2019
Basten Gokkon, Jakarta – The 2014 presidential election was the closest in Indonesia's democratic history, decided by a margin of just 6 percentage points, or 8.4 million votes.
November 20, 2018
Ryan Dagur, Jakarta – Indigenous Papuans and activist priests have met Indonesian government officials in Jakarta to seek support in their fight against plantation companies who they sa
November 13, 2018
Rina Chandran, Gajah Bertalut, Indonesia – In a community hall, a group of men sit cross-legged on mats, poring over documents and maps marked with forests, farmland, a river and the vi