Land conflict again affects indigenous community in Pandumaan and Sipituhuta, North Sumatera Province, Indonesia. The incident caused by eucalyptus re-planting activities by PT. TPL in Pandumaan and Sipituhuta indigenous territories. (25/2)
This incident is not a new case, but should be regarded as a part of ongoing land conflict affecting indigenous community in the region. The indigenous peoples of Pandumaan and Sipituhuta have been strongly opposing the existence of PT. TPL since 2009, fighting against the land grabbing activities of any actors on their terrirories.
Up to now (26/2), 31 members of Pandumaan and Sipituhuta indigenous community have been arrested due to the resistance to the company. This conflict leads to the rally of about 2000 indigenous peoples in Tano Batak region at Humbang Hasundutan Police Station. They protest against violence by the security force and urge the chief of Humbahas police resort to release the arrested members of Pandumaan and Sipituhuta community.
Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago) is deeply concerned of the ongoing land conflict in the region and strongly condemns the arrests carried out by the security forces. The rights of Indigenous Peoples in Pandumaan and Sipituhuta must be respected by all actors, including PT. TPL and the security authorities. Government of Indonesia shall take concrete action in addressing the land conflict in the region by effectively promoting and protecting the rights of indigenous communities.
Futhermore, AMAN strongly urges the security authorities of Humbang Hasundutan to immediately release 31 members of Pandumaan and Sipituhuta indigenous community who are unlawfully arrested.
Moreover, the security authorities must be clearly reminded of their task of preventing violence, and always prioritize peaceful ways in resolving this conflict. The rights of Indigenous Peoples must be protected and ensured by all actors and, in any case, act of violence must be prevented and prohibited in the efforts for the conflict resolution.