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.
Update: May 2018 The local government has currently canceled plans for hydropower development in Seko because of the consistent pressure and resistance of local people defending their land against large-scale energy development.
“Thank you very much for the documentary video about Seko. From that video public know the real situation in Seko and criminalization of Seko people’s. We also received widespread support from the public after they saw this video.”
Amisandi, community leader, Seko
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