Indonesia’s Forest Law criminalizes Indigenous and local communities
Hundreds of people are detained in Indonesia for having claimed their rights on their land, forests and other resources while resisting eviction and land grabs. The reality is that Indonesia’s Forest Law on Prevention and Eradication of Forest Destruction, ostensibly intended to protect the forests from organized crime and illegal logging, is instead being used to criminalize Indigenous Peoples and local communities. Few have the monetary resources necessary to defend their rights against powerful and sometimes corrupt interests that seek to control Indonesia’s forests, the same land where many have lived off and protected for generations.
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