01 Nov '11, 11pm
Palm oil company forcibly evicts indigenous community in Indonesian Borneo
Palm oil company forcibly evicts indigenous community in Indonesian Borneo mongabay.com November 01, 2011 Deforestation for oil palm near Muara Tae, West Kutai, East Kalimantan. Courtesy of Telapak. A palm oil company has forcibly evicted an indigenous community from one of the last tracts of rainforest near Jempang in Indonesia's East Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo, reports Telapak, a group that advocates community forest management. The incident, which allegedly took place last week, pitted villagers of Muara Tae against plantation developer PT Munte Waniq Jaya Perkasa after the company acquired 638 hectares of disputed land. Munte Waniq Jaya Perkasa was backed by state security forces. Abdon Nababan, General Secretary of the Alliance of Indigenous Peoples Archipelago (AMAN), said the conflict arose from the government's failure to recognize traditional owne...