Thursday, July 11, 2019

1) Talking Indonesia: palm oil and indigenous peoples

2) Indonesia to boost petrochemical development in Bintuni, W Papua
3) Papua election commissioners suspected of vote-rigging

1) Talking Indonesia: palm oil and indigenous peoples

Over recent years, concerns about Indonesia’s food security have seen a sharp increase in industrial-scale agriculture across the country, including into the forests of West Papua. At the same time, the environmental and social ramifications of monocropping, particularly palm oil, are becoming well-known.
Are the customary rights of indigenous peoples being respected in negotiations over land for agribusiness? What exactly is “sustainable palm oil”? And what are the impacts of palm oil plantation expansion on the forests and peoples whose culture and livelihoods are inextricably linked to them?
In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Jemma Purdey speaks to anthropologist Dr Sophie Chao, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Sydney’s School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry and an honorary postdoctoral fellow at Macquarie University, about her research with the indigenous Marind peoples of Merauke district in West Papua. Dr Chao previously worked for the Forest Peoples Programme and has undertaken consultancies for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation and the United Nations Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations.
In 2019, the Talking Indonesia podcast is co-hosted by Dr Jemma Purdey(link is external)from Deakin University and the Australia-Indonesia Centre, Dr Dave McRaefrom the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute, Dr Charlotte Setijadi (link is external)from Singapore Management University and Dr Dirk Tomsa(link is external)from La Trobe University.
Look out for a new Talking Indonesia podcast every fortnight. Catch up on previous episodes here, subscribe via iTunes(link is external)or listen via your favourite podcasting app.

See below for links to Sophie’s recent work discussed in this podcast:


2) Indonesia to boost petrochemical development in Bintuni, W Papua

 4 hours ago
Manokwari,W Papua (ANTARA) - The Indonesian government will continue to boost the development of the petrochemical industry complex in Teluk Bintuni District, West Papua. Director of Regional Industry from the Ministry of Industry, Igantius Warsito, said in Manokwari, West Papua, on Thursday, that the government is fostering industrial growth outside of Java.

These target areas include the central and eastern parts of Indonesia, as part of efforts to achieve equal industrial development.

“There are 14 industrial areas, where the development is promoted by the Ministry of Industry, including the Petrochemical Industry Complex in Bintuni. They have been listed in the 2015-2019 National Long-Term Development Plan (RPJMN),” he said.

He believed that Bintuni District had emerged the strongest of all the areas promoted by the ministry, as the investment potential there, through petrochemical development, can reach up to 1.76 trillion rupiah.

Additionally, a methanol factory will be built on 20 hectares of land.

He further stated that the ministry has put in place a master plan for industrial development in the district, and 200 hectares of land are needed to support the entire operation.

He hoped the local government would soon work on the land clearing processes, so that the industrial development activities can begin.

“At least 50 hectares [are needed] for the initial phase; we can begin as soon as possible,” Warsito noted.

He is confident that the government of Teluk Bintuni district is committed and that in the near future, the first 50 hectares of land can be cleared.

Reporter: Toyiban, Aria Cindyara
Editor: Rahmad Nasution

3) Papua election commissioners suspected of vote-rigging

Victor Mambor The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Thu, July 11, 2019   /   07:29 pm

Local authorities have named six commissioners of the Papua General Elections Commission (KPU Papua) suspects of vote-rigging in connection with the 2019 concurrent elections.
The suspects are Zufri Abubakar, Zandra Mambrasar, Diana Dorthea Simbiak, Melkianus Kambu, Fransiskus Antonius Letsoin and president commissioner Theodorus Kosay.
“They were named suspects on Monday,” Papua Integrated Law Enforcement Team (Gakkumdu) lead investigator Adj. Sr. Comr. Steven T. Tauran said on Wednesday, without elaborating.
The six commissioners allegedly rigged the legislative election by transferring or reducing the number of votes for a Gerindra Party legislative candidate in electoral district Papua 1.
The case began after a legislative candidate from Gerindra, Ronald Engko, reported the commissioners to the task force on June 11, upon finding that the number of votes he gained had changed at a KPU Papua plenary session at the Grand Abe Hotel in Jayapura.
Ronald’s lawyer, Yusman Konoras, said the report had been discussed by the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) in Papua, which subsequently concluded that the KPU Papua commissioners had violated administrative procedures. The Bawaslu issued a written rebuke to the KPU Papua.
“Based on the Bawaslu’s conclusion, we reported the KPU Papua to the Gakkumdu task force for a criminal offence,” Konoras said.
Separately, KPU Papua commissioner Zandra Mambrasar confirmed the suspect-naming, saying that the problematic vote count had occurred in Heram district, South Jayapura, and in North Jayapura.
“This should be the responsibility of the KPU Jayapura, but Ronald Engko has reported the KPU Papua instead,” he said.

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