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Jakarta Post

Money can’t buy you love in resource-rich Papua

  • Pierre Marthinus

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 9 2013   /  08:17 am

The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) recently awarded Indonesia’s mining and plantation companies a “silver medal” for human rights violations due to their poor handling of land disputes and labor issues (The Jakarta Post, Dec. 12, 2012).

The “gold medal” given by Komnas HAM to the National Police persuaded the London-based risk consultancy Maplecroft, when compiling its 2013 Human Rights Atlas, to rank Indonesia in the extreme risk category for human rights violations, alongside countries like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sudan.

Resource-rich Papua, along with Kalimantan, are the best regions to scrutinize corporate practices (as well malpractice) and predatory plunder. Although Papua offers immense financial rewards and lucrative returns on business investments, companies usually need to first establish a rapport with local communitie...