17 Oct '11, 2pm

Barred from Indonesia for working in support of president’s efforts to stop deforestation | Greenpeace UK

I’ve been working with Greenpeace for more than 20 years and until now I had never been deported from any country. Until last week, that is, when I tried to enter Indonesia to spend time with our staff in Jakarta in support of their work against deforestation. During my visit, I was due to meet with a number of government officials, the UK ambassador, and one of the country’s largest palm oil producers. I was also planning to bear witness to the deforestation caused by Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) in Sumatra for myself. I had the correct visa, issued from the Indonesian embassy in London, but apparently that doesn’t count for much when you are part of an organisation fighting against companies who have powerful connections in government. After getting off the plane in Jakarta, I arrived at immigration and was informed I am on a ‘red list’ and banned from the country. No offic...

Full article: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/forests/barred-indonesi...

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