Indonesia: land rights defenders opposing land grabbing summoned for interrogationEvent
- Initial Date
- Aug 23, 2022
- Event Description
Bakrie Group's mining company PT. Citra Palu Minerals CPM, which operates in Poboya Village, Palu City, which holds a contract of work permit and has entered the custody of a production operational permit, is accused by residents of taking land owned by residents and customary land in Poboya Village.
One of the residents of Poboya, Jufri who claimed to be a victim of land grabbing by PT CPM.
He said the company had carried out road-clearing activities and transported materials not only on land that had been acquired by the company, but also on land owned by the community and adat.
This is what causes land owners to protest and ask company officials not to engage in activities on land owned by residents.
Jufri, who felt that his land had been taken over by PT. CPM, is trying hard to stop the company's activities above its location.
He even asked the company to take the material from the land the company had already acquired.
Due to his tough attitude, Jufri and his wife were reported by PT. CPM at the Palu Police with a criminal threat to hinder the company's activities.
It is also suspected that the same criminalization was carried out by CPM against landowners who stopped the land clearing process. Where material is taken on land belonging to other communities that has not been acquired by the company.
According to information, on Friday, August 13, 2022, several residents of Poboya who stopped the company's activities on their land were summoned by Palu Police investigators for questioning, because they stopped the company's equipment from operating.
Ironically, previously, residents made a report to the Central Sulawesi Regional Police for their land grabbing which had been reported three times. However, their report was not received by Polda officers.
The officer's reason was that they could not receive and process the confiscation report, because the residents only had information on land tenure and ownership from the Poboya customary institution.
"How is the story that some lands are acquired and some are not," said Jufri.
One resident who asked not to be named added that before there was a contract of work and before this company existed, their parents had worked the land in the area. There is still evidence of trees being planted.
"The former cattle barn and our family's grave are here," he said.
He explained that almost all residents of Poboya, even residents of Vatutela, Lasoani and Kawatuna, know who owns the land in the Tompo and Vatutempa areas.
"The lands in this area, all have names and it was our parents who first gave the names of the areas here," explained this resident of Poboya.
Until now, the CPM company continues to dismantle and collect materials from the residents' land. Some are loaded into the company and some are loaded into the company's immersion place.
Responding to the community and customary conflict with PT CPM, one of the Tara community leaders in Poboya, Amin Panto said, everywhere the company wants peace and a good atmosphere with the residents in operating, but this seems like the company itself makes its activities uncomfortable.
"If the company really understands the EIA and EIA KA, then the company will be wise in responding to various problems, especially socio-cultural and environmental issues," said Amin Panto.
Because he continued, the EIA document contained information on the characteristics of the social environment and community institutions. Including the area of land acquired by the company, operational and production methods.
Moreover, said Amin Panto, in Poboya there are companies that also produce gold other than CPM. This is a clear violation.
“Because in Poboya, only CPM has a permit. It means, apart from CPM, it is illegal,” he said.
Amin Pontoh conveyed that the CPM processing method clearly exists in the Amdal and Amdal trains, there is no immersion method.
This needs to be taken seriously by various parties, especially the government and law enforcement, because it is impossible for companies to dare to produce with methods that are not in the production work plan.
It is impossible for PT CPM to sub-license their permits to other parties, without the knowledge of the government and outside of what is stated in the KA Amdal and Amdal documents.
"I say this, because I am the one in charge so that the EIA KA documents are provided to the Central Sulawesi government," said Amin Panto.
He admitted that the manager of the drafting consultant was his friend, who used to encourage technical management so that there would be a party responsible for gold processing in Poboya.
The goal is to open up job opportunities and of course the land owners will get an acquisition which can later become capital for businesses that support the activities of CPM companies.
However, Amin Pontoh continued, the fact is that the company has become arbitrarily with the residents.
"But everything has a way and procedure, if the company is wrong, there will be consequences, as well as residents and other parties," said Amin Panto.
Meanwhile, Public Relations of PT CPM, Amran, who was confirmed via contact application on Monday (22/08/2022), related to the alleged land grabbing, stated that PT CPM did not take land in CPM's operational area.
So far, CPM activities have been carried out in other use areas or APL and Limited Production Forest Areas. For APL, CPM acquits land owners by conducting sale and purchase transactions and is known and approved by the lurah and camat.
For HPT areas, CPM activities are based on the Borrow-to-Use Forest Area Permit issued by the government through the Ministry of LHK.
"For residents who feel that their land has been stolen by CPM, please report this to law enforcement officials and the government for processing," he said.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Other (e.g. undefined, organisation, community)
- Judicial Harassment
- Rights Concerned
- Land rights
- Freedom of expression
- Community-based HRD
- Land rights defender
- Extractive industries
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
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- Summary for Publications
On 29 August 2022, a number of land rights defenders including Jefri and his wife were summoned by the police for allegedly obstructing the activities of Bakrie Group's mining company PT. Citra Palu Minerals CPM, that is accused of grabbing the land of the residents in Palu, Indonesia.