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Five Key Indigenous Peoples Issues For The Week Of July 14 - 20, 2011: West Papua, Panama, Sumatra, Canada, Peru


West Papua: Statement On Gunfire In Puncak Jaya, West Papua


We want to explain to the people of West Papua, Indonesia and the International for any militarism approach and various propaganda news continuously carried out by a militaristic regime of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, through the Regional Commander, Chief of Police and the various ranks of the nation's ongoing struggle to corner of West Papua, that:


1. The case of Puncak Jaya is a pure struggle movement that has certain ideology, carried out by TPN.OPM under the leadership of Goliath Tabuni. Therefore, we hope that does not necessarily provide the stigma or designation Security Intruder Movement (GPK), terrorists, separatists, or other designation that cornering the struggle of a Goliath Tabuni.


2. The TPN.OPM under the commander Goliat Tabuni continues to struggle, not for a personal project nor to legitimate the ranks TNI.POLRI to obtain security project for the money. The struggle was conducted as a form of resistance to colonial occupation of Indonesia in West Papua, especially in Puncak Jaya. As you know that West Papua's integration into the Republic of Indonesia in 1963 and 1969 Act of Free Choice was done with engineering. That is the reason TPN.OPM formed.


3. Police / Army should not cover up mistakes and military action with the Bhakti Sosial activities (The social helping of TNI). That's the reason that makes no sense because it's so funny that the military themselves who set fire to the houses of citizens in almost all settlements, military Indonesia was burned animals belong to citizens, burned gardens of residents than the TNI and POLICE are trying to justify themselves as hero by playing a cheap propaganda in the media. Read more about gunfire and human rights in Puncak Jaya, West Papua here....


Panama: Joint Statement On Communities Impacted By Hydropower Dams And In Defense Of The Rivers Of Panama






1. The national Government continues promoting an energy policy wrong, to the detriment of the true national interests, which are being auctioned and privatizing our rivers and land to entrepreneurs of national and international capital.


2. That are building more than 20 hydroelectric in our country, while more than 60 are pending in the authority of public services (ASEP), institution to monitor the auction of rivers according to the economic and polítiqueros the Government's interest in turn. Only in Chiriqui 17 hydroelectric power plants and in Bocas del Toro, Changuinola River are being built because it is one more transnational AES American prisoner, which demonstrates that your dollars are more important than the implementation of human rights, rights of indigenous peoples and the protection of Park International the friendship (battery), World Heritage site.


3. With hydroelectric dams already built in our country, enough and enough energy for current and future needs of the Panamanians. No we can continue to promote the waste of energy but the savings, cooperation and responsibility. Read the rest of the Joint Statement from indigenous communities in Panama concerning dams here....


Sumatra: RAN Documents A Test Case For Indonesia’s New Forest Policy Announcement


Yesterday, a day after Indonesian Presidential advisor Kuntoro announced a potentially major shift in forest management policy, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) staff documented a test case for the government’s plans in the remote village of Muara Merang, in the Province of South Sumatra. The Indonesian government’s announcement includes the new allocation of 89,000 hectares for community-managed forest areas, a designation known as Hutan Desa. It also includes a commitment to implement provisions of a decade old national law that requires the government to identify and register (gazette) areas within the national forest estate that are in conflict with existing forest community land rights.


Muara Merang is one of only a handful of forest areas in the country already licensed under Hutan Desa. RAN interviewed Haji Rusdi, head of the Hutan Desa Cooperative and the former village head of Muara Merang.


His statement, translated from Indonesian, follows.


“The community in Muara Merang wanted to have gardens but these are not allowed within the National Forest Estate. Under the planned extension of the pulpwood plantation license (HTI), part of the village would have been evicted without compensation. So I looked at the situation and thought about applying for the Hutan Desa as an alternative. Read more about Indonesia's new forest policy and a case study here....


Canada: Jobs And Land Protection Balanced In New Agreement


Premier Christy Clark and Taku River Tlingit First Nation spokesperson John Ward signed an agreement today that creates 13 new protected areas and provides resource development opportunities and investment certainty in more than three million hectares (approximately 11,500 square miles) in the Atlin Taku region of northwestern B.C.


“This agreement represents a clear shift from conflict to collaboration between B.C. and the Taku River Tlingit First Nation,” said Premier Clark. “This balanced approach means a brighter future for families in the Northwest and opens the territory for business, bringing new jobs and opportunities, while protecting key environmental and cultural values.”


The Taku River Tlingit have already begun to work co-operatively with mining developers in the area on potential resource development projects. It’s expected that future resource extraction projects could support 350 jobs during construction and 280 operations jobs.


“The Taku River Tlingits have looked forward to this day for a very long time,” said spokesperson Ward. “I wish to congratulate and thank the members of my First Nation for their hard work and dedication in bringing our ‘Tlatsini Vision’ to life in Government to Government Agreements, which will protect our lands and Tlingit Khustiyxh, our way of life, and help make our dreams of a prosperous and sustainable future a reality.” Read more about the Taku River Tlingit historic agreement with British Columbia here....


Peru: Peru Proposes Opening Uncontacted Tribes’ Lands For Oil And Gas Drilling


Pluspetrol Begin Oil Exploration in Kugapakori Nahua Nanti Reserve for Camisea Gas Project


Peru’s Ministry of Culture has proposed new regulations that permit oil drilling and exploration inside reserved areas created to protect some of the planet’s last “uncontacted tribes” – indigenous peoples who have chosen to avoid contact with the outside world. The proposal comes as Argentine oil company Pluspetrol begins expansion of the Camisea Gas Project inside the “Kugapakori Nahua Nanti Reserve for Isolated and Recently Contacted Peoples.”


The new “Regulations for the Supervision of Exploratory and Extractive Activities Inside Indigenous and Territorial State Reserves,” prepared by the National Institute for the Development of Andean, Amazonian and Afro-Peruvian Peoples (INDEPA), part of the Ministry of Culture, have been heavily criticized by indigenous organizations and human rights groups who say oil and gas exploration puts the lives of isolated peoples at risk and undermines their basic right to survival.


“Our autonomous brothers depend on their territory for subsistence and are extremely vulnerable to contact with outsiders due to their lack of resistance to common and otherwise easily treatable diseases,” said the national indigenous organization, AIDESEP, in a statement. “Despite being the institutions responsible for developing national policies to promote, defend and affirm indigenous rights neither INDEPA nor the Ministry of Culture have taken any action to protect these peoples. On the contrary they are promoting these new regulations.” Read more about Peru's plan to open up land for oil and gas drilling here....


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