Indigenous peoples will continue to fight for their rights
Two days before the 17th Plenary Session in the House of Representatives of the Indonesian Government, indigenous peoples and advocates gathered in a mobilization led by the Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (AMAN) on 24 January 2016 in Central Indonesia to demand the inclusion of the Draft Law on Recognition and Protection of Indigenous People (PPMHA) in the national legislation priorities 2016.
The PPMHA will ensure the protection of indigenous peoples and will recognize their roles in forest protection. The Bill will bridge various laws and policies on indigenous peoples including those related to lands, territories, resources, institutional, social, political, and cultural. It will also address conflicts on claiming indigenous peoples’ rights.
AMAN has championed the PPMHA in 2011, and in 2013 it was formally proposed in the House. Following the failure of its passage in 2014, several efforts were done by CSOs to ensure its success by 2016. Despite of these and President Jokowi’s pledge to prioritize the Bill, PPMHA was not included in the list of priority bills during the Plenary Session on 26 January 2016, failing around 70 million indigenous peoples hoping for its passage.
AMAN Secretary General Abdon Nababan, together with other CSOs and indigenous peoples, vowed to continue the fight for the PPMHA. “We will continue to work through the various channels available,” he says.