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
Land & Agrarian Conflicts
September 22, 2023
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
Yohanes Maharso Joharsoyo, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, said the Rempang residents are generally willing to be relocated.
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
September 18, 2023
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
Riri Rahayu, Jakarta – Investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia stated that the investment in Rempang Island will benefit the public.
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
Jakarta – The Nusantara Traditional Community Alliance (AMAN) and the Nusantara Traditional Community Defense Association (PPMAN) have highlighted the polemic over the forced relocation
Catholic students in Indonesia are helping villagers affected by a state-sponsored geothermal project in Christian-majority Flores Island to improve their livelihoods.
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.
September 15, 2023
Jakarta – Thousands of residents of Rempang Island in Batam province have opposed being relocated to Galang Island to make way for the Eco City national strategic project (PSN).
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
Aisyah Llewellyn, Rempang, Indonesia – Demonstrations have rocked Indonesia's Riau province as residents of Rempang Island protest against government plans to evict thousands of people
September 14, 2023
Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo may receive criticism for his simplification the cause of clashes between the native inhabitants of Rempang island, situated just a few kilomete
Eka Yudha Saputra, Yogi Eka Sahputra, Jakarta – National Police Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo said the police would add four company-level units (SSK) or 400 personnel to Rempang I
Riri Rahayu, Antara, Jakarta – Head of the Batam Concession Agency (BP Batam) Muhammad Rudi suspected that there were many provocateurs who instigated clashes during the protest
September 13, 2023
Antara, Yogi Eka Sahputra, Jakarta – Deputy for Special Child Protection at the Ministry of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection (PPPA), Nahar, said that children on Rempang Island
Riri Rahayu, Jakarta – Indonesian Investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia ensured that the government will proceed with Rempang Eco-City development despite the rejection from the locals.
Riri Rahayu, Jakarta – A public policy observer from the National Development University or UPN Veteran Jakarta, Achmad Nur Hidayat, lamented the conflict between security officials and
Jakarta – The Riau Island Police have arrested 43 people accused of causing a riot and attacking police during a protest over a plan to relocate communities for a multi-billion dollar i
Nazarudin Latif and Pizaro Gozali Idrus (BenarNews), Jakarta – Police said Tuesday they had arrested 43 people for alleged violence while protesting a plan to move thousands of resident
Antara, Jakarta – Indonesian Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning or Head of the National Land Agency (ATR/BPN) Hadi Tjahjanto stated that people residing on Rempang Island, Batam,
September 12, 2023
Antara, Batam – Riau Islands Police and Barelang Police arrested a total of 43 people for allegedly committing violence against officers and vandalism during a protest in front of the B
Antara, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo mentioned that the lack of communication between law enforcers and Rempang residents is the cause of conflict on the island.
September 11, 2023
Yogi Eka Sahputra, Jakarta – Thousands of indigenous Malay people from the Riau Islands held a demonstration in front of the office of the Free Trade Zone and Free Port Authority or BP
Catholics have joined advocacy groups to ask the Indonesian government to end violence aiming to crush opposition to a controversial tourism project on a picturesque island.
September 9, 2023
Eka Yudha Saputra, Jakarta – The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) urged the police to release the residents of Rempang Island in Batam, Riau Islands, who were arrested d
September 8, 2023
Jawahir Gustav Rizal – Amnesty International Indonesia has condemned the violence by security forces against residents of Rempang and Galang Islands near Riau Island.
BeritaSatu, Batam – The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) on Friday demanded for accountability from the officers responsible for firing tear gas munitions at a school on an
August 30, 2023
Dio Suhenda, Jakarta – Resistance has been growing against a plan to erect a 100-meter-tall statue of Indonesia's founding father Sukarno in a new economic hub in West Java, as some obs
August 24, 2023
Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – The head of the Indonesian Palm Oil Association (Gapki) Eddy Martono responded to requests from environmental activists to disclose their right to cultivat
August 18, 2023
Singgih Wiryono, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is being asked to stop pursuing political goals and policies that are considered to lean in the direction of liberalism or are
July 27, 2023
Pro-government media outlets in Indonesia have accused an activist priest of turning local villagers against a state-sponsored geothermal project in Christian-majority Flores Island, wh
July 10, 2023
Agus Mawan, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia – Karolus Kolong, a 62-year-old villager on Indonesia's Sulawesi island, has spent nearly two decades fighting to get his land back from palm oil
June 14, 2023
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Reports of human rights violations continue to mount around a major tourism development on the Indonesian island of Lombok, two years since the United Nati
May 23, 2023
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Suryani grew up in a family of farmers on the island of Java in Indonesia. Her parents are members of a farmer's union called SPP.
May 16, 2023
Merauke, Jubi – The residents of Zenegi Village, a village located in Merauke's Animha District in South Papua, consider the presence of Selaras Inti Semesta Ltd.
May 9, 2023
Merauke, Jubi – The community and customary landowners in Kaliki Village, Kurik District, Merauke Regency reject various logging and plantation companies from entering their village.
April 12, 2023
Jakarta – The Indonesian Infrastructure and Development Monitoring Coalition (KPPII) says that there was intimidation by security personnel against local residents in the Mandalika Moto
April 11, 2023
Merauke, Jubi – The Wiachar Student Association (IMAWI) of Mappi Regency in South Papua Province rejected the government's plan to build a container port on the customary land area of t
March 13, 2023
Marchio Gorbiano – Three women with machetes stood guard at their farm hilltop on Indonesia's Wawonii Island, directing their blades towards the nickel miners working in the forest clea
February 3, 2023
Jayapura, Jubi – The Bishop of Jayapura Diocese, Msgr. Yanuarius Theofilus Maatopai You has asked all Catholics in his region to never sell their land to anyone for any purpose.
January 26, 2023
Ade Ridwan Yandwiputra, Jakarta – Secretary General of the Agrarian Reform Consortium (KPA) Dewi Kartika assessed that the government of Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has failed to execute the a
January 19, 2023
Wamena, Jubi – Dozens of residents from the Upper Wouma and Lower Wouma of Jayawijaya Regency, Mountainous Papua Province blocked road access, precisely at the junction of Wouma, Welesi