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Jakarta Post

Torajan elected to lead forest people alliance

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Mon, March 20, 2017   /   12:17 pm
Torajan elected to lead forest people alliance Participants of the fifth congress of the Indigenous People’s Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) in Tanjung Gusta, Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra, on March 18, discuss the rights of indigenous people. (JP/Apriadi Gunawan)

The fifth congress of the Indigenous People's Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) has elected Rukka Sombolinggi as its new secretary-general for the next five years.

The native of Toraja, South Sulawesi, has been elected to replace Abdon Nababan from North Sumatra.  

She was chosen through a deliberation during the congress, which was held in Tanjung Gusta, North Sumatra, last week.

“We had a discussion and shared our collective goal to develop AMAN and indigenous peoples. That’s why we have chosen our sister, Rukka Sombolinggi, as AMAN secretary-general for the 2017-2022 period,” said Mina Setra, who was among the other four candidates that ran for the post on Sunday night.

(Read also: After the customary forest recognition)

AMAN is the forum of indigenous peoples in the country that have fought for their rights for years, including rights to cultivate customary land.   

The group’s next congress in 2022 will be held in Papua. (wit)