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Petition to Joko Widodo

President Joko Widodo: Please save Balikpapan Bay!

The highly controversial Pulau Balang Bridge is about to bring disastrous irreversible environmental damage to one of the last remaining pristine coastal habitats in East Kalimantan (Indonesia) - Balikpapan Bay. Furthermore, the  project is economically flawed and wasteful of government funds, and will lead to a completely avoidable increase in Indonesia’s carbon emissions from both excessive vehicle mileage and forest destruction.  Balikpapan is one of the most biodiverse cities in Asia. It hosts the last remaining coastal primary rainforest in the region still connected with adjacent marine ecosystems such as special mangroves, sea grass beds and coral reefs. It is home to 1,400 endangered proboscis monkeys and many other highly threatened marine and forest species including Irrawaddy dolphins, dugongs, orangutans, clouded leopards, sun bears, and Bornean gibbons, all of which are protected under Indonesian law. Over 100 species of mammals and almost 300 species of birds live here. This biodiversity richness represents a huge sustainable ecotourism potential, which can contribute significantly to the local and national economy without sacrificing fisheries, which is the main livelihood of many local people. Unfortunately, all this richness will be destroyed if the Pulau Balang Bridge construction continues as proposed. All the current corridors that connect the primary rainforest to the coast will be cut, and protected species will become isolated in small patches of forest where they will become extinct. The construction phase of the road has already begun to open access to uncontrolled land speculation, encroachment, logging, illegal hunting and forest fires. The increased level of soil erosion and sedimentation is causing death of coral reefs, which will in turn will destroy the whole marine environment. The plans for the current development are 25 years old, and were intended to provide a bridge crossing Balikpapan Bay using technologies and development thinking of a previous era. As a result, the current planning for the bridge location entails an 80-kilometer detour for vehicles driving from the west side of the bay to Balikpapan. The current plan is outdated, environmental disastrous, and uneconomic. It is only still being pursued because of the vested interests of land speculators and contractors. Yet with modern technology, it is possible to build a bridge that would provide a 90% shorter route, spending much less on access roads and subsequent maintenance, cause minimal environmental damage, thus saving carbon emissions and protecting environmental services, and the livelihoods that they provide. Please help us to ask the President to declare a moratorium on the current plan, while an up-to-date feasibility study and cost-benefit analysis is carried out by unbiased and qualified experts. We are confident that they will find namely that the current plans are old-fashioned, wasteful, and environmentally disastrous.

Stanislav Lhota
702 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Gerald Dick, PhD, MAS, Amran Sulaiman-Minister of Agriculture Indonesia

Indonesian Government: Free all Animals from Ragunan and Surabaya Zoo into Sanctuaries

Captive elephants in Indonesia's Surabaya Zoo and Ragunan Zoo are being held in extremely cruel conditions. "I have never seen … this before," said a staff member of an animal advocacy organization. At both zoos, says the staff member, the elephants were restrained in a severe and agonizing manner. The animals are not only chained to the enclosures by their back legs, but their front legs are tied together. "I have visited zoos across the world, many of which unfortunately chain their elephants. But I have never seen elephants with leg ties as well as chains,"said the staffer With the additional leg ties, the elephants are unable to even move backwards and forwards freely, restricting them to "hobbling" or "hopping." The male elephants who were tied in this manner at the Surabaya Zoo were in obvious distress: "He was rocking backwards and forwards for some time in a stereotypical display often seen in captive elephants," says the staff member. "The real sad thing for him was when he decided to use the bar as a scratching post, he needed to haul himself and the chains, centimeter by centimeter, into a position where he could rub against the metal bar. This should be something that is freely available to him and not something that he is forced to work for by having to 'hobble' within the small areas that his chains allow him within." At the Ragunan Zoo, both adults and a very young elephant were seen with their front legs tied together: "The calf was attempting to lie down on a number of occasions, but the leg ties prevented it from doing so. It also had to 'hop' with both front legs together every time it wanted to turn around." (The calf is likely this young male.) Indonesia has long been criticized for its animal welfare standards, especially the Surabaya Zoo, in East Java, referred to as the "Zoo of Death" for the horrific conditions the animals live in and the nauseating photos that reportedly emerge from it, including a lion found hanging last year in his cell, and an emaciated camel eating in his enclosure. Femke den Haas is the founder and coordinator for wildlife rescue at the Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN). Den Haas lives in Indonesia and first visited the Ragunan Zoo 20 years ago: "I was so shocked to see the suffering of the animals there that I decided I wanted to return to Indonesia the soonest to help improve animal welfare in the country." It was the eyes, she says, of one adult male orangutan that she couldn't forget: "His name was Johnny. Johnny was an adult orangutan inside a tiny dark cage, not able to climb, not even able to obtain any sunlight." Twenty years later, Johnny is still inside the same cage. Since 2002, 23 orangutans have died inside the Ragunan Zoo, den Haas said. (The Ragunan Zoo is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.) Since 2013, JAAN has been denied access to help improve the quality of care for the animals of the zoo, den Haas claims. Part of the problem, she maintains, is there is no standard of care for animal welfare in zoos in Indonesia. "The Indonesia Zoo and Aquarium Association (IZAA) is a sham. This association is run by the zoo owners who seek profit and little regulations. The conditions of animals throughout Indonesia in zoos are horrific. I just returned from a zoo in Banyuwangi that received animals from Surabaya [Zoo], including orangutans and elephants. The elephants are chained and walked around [by keepers] with the infamous sticks with nails on them to handle the elephants and [use them for] elephant rides." Unfortunately, says den Haas, as bad as the Ragunan and Surabaya zoos are, there are some even worse. At these zoos, says den Haas, "animals hardly are seen with even drinking water." The staff member of the advocacy group agrees with den Haas' assessment: "Sadly, animals are kept in even worse conditions in other zoos both within Indonesia and other Asian countries." "The sad reality," the staffer adds, "is that the majority of Asian zoos house as many species and individuals as they possibly can, and the staff have little to no knowledge of how to care for these individuals to meet their complex physical and behavioral needs. Therefore animals languish in squalid concrete cells and the measure of 'good' or 'bad' is whether they survive or not."---Source-The Dodo~ Ask the Minister of Agriculture Suswono to shut these places of hell down and transport the animals to sanctuaries !

P. Folman
10,731 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to U.S. Congress, President of the United States, cc: ETAN

U.S. Release the Records, Acknowledge U.S. Role in the Crimes of 1965/66 Mass Violence in Indonesia

for more information, sample tweets, and more see Although the massacre of up to 1,000,000 people (possibly more) in Indonesia in 1965-1967 is a crucial event in modern Indonesian political history, it remains mostly a footnote in the United States and elsewhere. In 2012, the documentary The Act of Killing shocked audiences throughout the world as perpetrators of the mass murder reenacted their violence. The film has fueled a debate within Indonesia and drawn attention internationally to events long kept out of U.S. history books: Events that the U.S. government facilitated and celebrated. A companion film, The Look of Silence, is currently showing. It focuses on the victims by following the investigation of Adi Rukun into the murder of his older brother during the violence. While these are powerful films, any discussion of these events  must include a discussion of the role of Western powers in this violence, including that of the United States. In conjunction, with the release of the film The Look of Silence, the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) continues its call for accountability for those in the West who encouraged and assisted in the mass violence in Indonesia. Join ETAN in urging the U.S. government to take these immediate steps: 1) Declassify and release all documents related to the U.S. role in the mass violence, including the CIA's so-called "job files." These detail its covert operations. And 2) The U.S. should formally acknowledge its role in facilitating the 1965-66 violence and its subsequent support for the brutalities of the Suharto regime. ETAN Backgrounder- Breaking the Silence: The U.S. and Indonesia's Mass Violence For more information see

East Timor and Indonesia Action Network
2,823 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to Joko Widodo, Joko Widodo

Fire war criminal Wiranto. He's not fit to be Indonesia coordinating minister

This is outrageous. On July 27, 2016, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo appointed indicted war criminal Gen. Wiranto Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law, and Security Affairs. A presidential spokesperson told the Jakarta Post that Wiranto "well-tested and was experienced in resolving various assignments, especially during the transition period from the New Order to the Reform era in the late 1990s." In 2003, he was indicted by a UN-backed court for his role in the security-force violence during Timor-Leste's independence referendum  Wiranto is responsible through acts of omission and commission for the gravest violations of human right in East Timor and Indonesia. A retired General Wiranto had deep ties to the Indonesian dictator Suharto’s New Order regime. He served as Suharto’s Aide de Camp from 1989-1993. In February 1998, while Indonesia was in the throes of the financial and political crisis, Suharto named him commander of the Armed Forces of Indonesia and a month later he was given the portfolio of Minister of Defense and Security. Although viewed as a reformer for his outward support for reducing the military’s role in politics, he nonetheless bears responsibility as commander in the deaths of protesters at the hands of the military in Jakarta during the May 1998 tumult. Wiranto was implicated for rights violations in a 2003 Komnas HAM report on the anti-Chinese riots in 1998. In February 2003, the UN-backed Serious Crimes Unit (SCU) indicted Wiranto for his role in the security force violence surrounding Timor-Leste's 1999 UN-organized referendum on independence. The SCU charged him “with Crimes Against Humanity for Murder, Deportation and Persecution in that these crimes were all undertaken as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against the civilian population of East Timor and specifically targeted those who were believed to be supporters of independence for East Timor.” As head of the military, there is no doubt that he was aware – if not involved in the planning – of the scorched earth campaign unleashed on the East Timorese following their vote for independence in 1999. For reasons of realpolitik the government of Timor-Leste has never followed up on the indictment. In December 2013, Wiranto told Al Jazeera “that he followed state policies [in Timor-Leste] and that President Habibie was responsible for those. Habibie rubbishes his claims and says there are no facts to suggest he instructed Wiranto and his soldiers to kill.” more at ETAN's website see also Joint statement by Tapol, ETAN and Watch Indonesia! on Wiranto /Pengangkatan Jenderal (Purn) Wiranto sebagai Menteri mengukuhkan adanya impunitas berurat-akar di Indonesia ANTI: We Stand Against Impunity, Deny Formerly Accused General Wiranto From Holding a Position of Power!/ Estatementu Konjunta: Ami Kontra Impunidade Hasoru Wiranto Wiranto and the Biak Massacre ETAN needs your support - please donate today!

East Timor and Indonesia Action Network
1,119 supporters