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Indigenous criminalised for protecting ancestral land

Indonesia

Duration: 12.47


Available in 2 languages


Released: August 2017

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Despite their customary land being recognised by the Indonesian Government in 2012, the Seko community have been defending their land against large-scale energy development for the last 3 years. In 2016, 14 community leaders were criminalized, including 1 woman. They were sentenced for at least 7 months.

They oppose a large scale hydro-electric power plant, Seko Power Prima, that will divert their river and would cut through their fertile hills, groves, cropland and hamlets. The communities organised, staged rallies and defended their land.

On August 1st 2017, Amisandi was released from jail but the resistance continues.

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