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Jakarta Post

Dayaks seek Komnas HAM support over land acquisition

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 16 2013   /  10:16 am

Members of the Dayak community are seeking protection from the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) over a land dispute with several coal-mining companies.

Menang Jaya, 50, a resident of Barito Utara in Central Kalimantan, recalled the days when the regency was still surrounded by green forests that have now turned into black coal mining pits.

“Around 200 hectares of my family’s ancestral land was being explored and exploited by coal mining companies without asking for our permission, let alone paying us any compensation,” Menang told The Jakarta Post on Friday.

In June 2012, the local residents staged a protest in front of Barito Utara regent’s office for permitting the companies to operate on their land, he said.

“As a result, I was jailed for six months,” Menang said, citing that the protest led to a fight with the company’s supp...