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Jokowi grants forest rights to indigenous peoples

  • Ina Parlina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 31 2016   /  12:25 am
Native hospitality: Indigenous people from North Sumatra give President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (right) an ulos traditional garment as Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto looks on during a ceremony to officially grant the indigenous people custody of customary forests at the State Palace on Friday.(Antara/Widodo S. Jusuf)(right) an ulos traditional garment as Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto looks on during a ceremony to officially grant the indigenous people custody of customary forests at the State Palace on Friday.(Antara/Widodo S. Jusuf)

Native hospitality: Indigenous people from North Sumatra give President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (right) an ulos traditional garment as Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto looks on during a ceremony to officially grant the indigenous people custody of customary forests at the State Palace on Friday.(Antara/Widodo S. Jusuf)To show its commitment to protecting the land rights of indigenous people, the government held a ceremony to officially grant custody of customary forests to indigenous communities at the State Palace on Friday.

The ceremony was held after the Environment and Forestry Ministry had earlier signed the decrees on nine customary forests, in a landmark decision that grants land custody to the indigenous people living there and whose land rights have long been denied by the government in favor of large plantation and mining companies.