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Komnas HAM protests govt for allowing Freeport Gresik smelter

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Jakarta   /   Tue, January 27, 2015   /  05:19 pm

The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has protested the government'€™s approval of giant miner PT Freeport Indonesia'€™s plans to build a smelter in Gresik, East Java, saying that the smelter should be built in Papua to help development in the eastern region.

'€œWe have criticized Freeport and the government'€™s agreement to build a smelter in Gresik. The smelter should be built in Papua in order to fairly distribute and balance national development,'€ Komnas HAM commissioner Natalius Pigai said on Tuesday as quoted by kontan.co.id.

Freeport Indonesia, which is a subsidiary of US copper and gold mining company Freeport-McMoRan, has been operating a mine in Papua for decades. Natalius added that the company must also be responsible for opening Indonesia'€™s easternmost region from isolation; not doing so would be an egregious exploitation of Papua.

'€œCorporate crimes are not only found in civil and political matters, but also in economic and social aspects, as is the case with Freeport,'€ Natalius added, saying that the commission would file a protest to the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry.

The government had previously extended Freeport'€™s memorandum of understanding on its renegotiated work contract, which would allow the company to continue exporting copper concentrate. (dyl/nfo)(+++)

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