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Indigenous criminalised for protecting ancestral land

Location

Indonesia

Released

August 2017

Duration

12:47

Tags
  • Activism
  • Fighting Big Corporations
  • Human Rights Abuses
  • Indonesia
  • Participatory-made film
  • Resource Extraction

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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