Jayapura, Jubi – Yustus Yekusamon, a key figure and driving force behind the economic progress of indigenous communities in Grime Nawa Valley, Jayapura Regency, is collaborating with th
Indigenous & Minority Rights
September 12, 2023
September 5, 2023
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – The Indonesian government has recognized the rights of 15 Indigenous Dayak communities to forests on Borneo covering a combined area larger than Jakarta.
August 11, 2023
Jayapura, Jubi – On Wednesday, August 9, 2023, students, youth, and local communities in Jayapura City joined to commemorate the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
August 6, 2023
Budiarti Putri (Greenpeace) – It was not until I went on a field trip to the traditional lands of the Auyu People (also written as Awyu in the Indonesian language) last June that I appr
July 28, 2023
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – The Indonesian government plans this year to recognize community claims to ancestral forests in the Sumatran province of Aceh for the first time in history
July 25, 2023
Christ Belseran, Martha Dianti, Seram Island, Indonesia – Zainudin Kelsaba traversed across the eastern Seram highland and stopped at an ancient outcrop grown over by trees and scrub.
June 14, 2023
Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies, Singapore/Jakarta – The Indonesian government has agreed to consider facilitating a permanent online blackout in villages south-west of Jakarta after a
June 10, 2023
Jakarta – An Indigenous community in Indonesia has requested an internet blackout in their area to minimize the "negative impact" of the online world, officials said Friday.
June 8, 2023
Peter Yeung, East Bintuni Regency, Indonesia – Striding barefoot through the emerald green jungle with a long wooden bow slung over his shoulder, Josep Ogoney points up at the tropical
May 10, 2023
Jayapura, Jubi – In a bid to protect their land and forests, a group of environmental activists from the Awyu region has filed for intervention at the Jakarta Administrative Court.
April 10, 2023
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – The Indigenous Peoples' Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), the main advocacy group for Indigenous communities in Indonesia, has won a 2023 Skoll Award for
March 27, 2023
Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Legal Aid Institute (LBH Papua) asks the Head of the Investment and One-Stop Integrated Service Office of Papua Province to immediately revoke Decree No.
February 17, 2023
Jayapura, Jubi – Head of the Campus Coalition for Papuan Democracy Marudut Hasugian said his team had conducted field research on politics of natural resource management and the livelih
December 27, 2022
Jayapura, Jubi – Harry Woersok from the Vertenten MSC Papua Study Center said the food estate program run by the central government in Merauke Regency, South Papua Province, destroyed t
October 26, 2022
Sentani, Jubi – Secretary-General of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) Rukka Sombolinggi has called on all indigenous peoples in the archipelago to rise up and u
Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Customary Council (DAP) recommended a number of important points in one of the Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago Congress' (KMAN VI) workshops in Enggros
October 24, 2022
Sentani, Jubi – Chairman of the sixth Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago Congress (KMAN VI) Estobio Rero Renggi said the congress' opening ceremony to be held in Tanah Tabi, Jayapura
September 19, 2022
Sentani, Jubi – Ondofolo and khoselo (tribal chiefs) of Nendali Village, East Sentani District wanted to push for the topic of loss of customary rights in Papua to become a strategic is
July 28, 2022
Merauke, Jubi – Lawmakers of the Merauke Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) are worried about the lives of indigenous Papuans who are deemed threatened by the rapid investment in plant
July 27, 2022
Wamena, Jubi – As the law on the formation of new Papua provinces was passed, one of which was the establishment of the Mountainous Papua Province with its capital in Wamena, the Huwula
May 5, 2022
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
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
An Indonesian court has delivered a landmark victory for Indigenous rights in a case that pitted West Papuan activists against several palm oil companies.
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
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