PT Gema Kreasi Perdana (GKP), a subsidiary of Harita Group, repeated to breakthrough lands owned by residents who were against mining in Roko-Roko Raya, Konawe Island, South-east Sulawesi. The breakthrough by PT GKP used an excavator. It occurred around 2 PM local time today, firstly on the land owned by La Dani, but then turned to Tamo Siu-Siu River after facing resistance from residents.

According to the residents, PT GKP planned to enter the previously acquired land using the river. But the residents blocked them for the river is one of their water sources consumed this whole time for drinking, cooking, and washing. The continual resistance from the residents made the company return to the land of La Dani, then forcibly breakthrough. As a consequence, a border fence and a cashew tree were damaged.

The breakthrough of PT GKP -guarded by police and army today, was not the first attempt. As recorded, PT GKP has repeated breaking through the land several times. They started from Tuesday, 9 July 2019, around 11 AM local time on the land owned by Mrs. Marwah; repeated on Tuesday, 16 July 2019 around 3 PM on the land owned by Mr. Idris, then on Thursday, 22 August 2019, on land owned by Mr. Amin, Mrs. Wa Ana, and the late Mr. Labaa.

It has clearly shown the partiality of the apparatus with the PT GKP and the alleged authority abuse. We consider that the partisanship of the security forces, which is full of human rights violations (abuse of power,) has also seemed to agree with mining activities on Wawonii Island, a part of the small islands category. We considered that by taking the side, they had also appeared to agree with mining activities on Wawonii Island, which is categorized as a small island. Meanwhile, the mining license is still in the testing process at the Ombudsman. In addition, mining activity in the area of small islands is strictly prohibited. The prohibition is under the provisions of Article 35K of Law Number 27 of 2007 concerning Management of Coastal Areas and Small Islands (WP3K), stated, “In the utilization of WP3K, everyone is -directly or indirectly- prohibited from mining minerals in areas that are if technically and/or ecologically and/or socially and/or culturally it causes environmental damage and/or environmental pollution and/or harms the surrounding community.”

Ironically, residents’ report to Police Resort of Kendari on behalf of Idris related to the previous breakthrough by PT GKP on Wednesday, 14 August 2019, has not been responded to until the fourth breakthrough today.

On the other hand, La Dani, owner of the broken through the land by PT GKP today, is one of the residents against mine entering Wawonii Island. La Dani, Hastoma, and Hurlan were arrested by police on Monday (24/01/22). These three residents are among 28 reported residents to the police on 23 August 2019 by the company. They were accused of allegedly depriving a person’s liberty, as stated in Article 333 of the Criminal Code. The three Wawonii residents are still being held and following the legal process at the Regional Police of Kendari.

The mining company’s permit is still in the testing phase at the Ombudsman. In addition, mining activities in ​​small islands are strictly prohibited. The regulation is under the provisions in Article 35 K of Law Number 27 of 2007 concerning Management of Coastal Areas and Small Islands (WP3K), which stated, “In the utilization of WP3K, everyone is directly or indirectly prohibited from mining minerals in areas that are if technically and/or ecologically and/or socially and/or culturally it causes environmental damage and/or environmental pollution and/or harms the community.

Thus, repeated breaches that caused the resident’s productive crops to be destroyed and some other residents precisely experienced intimidation, violence, and criminalization, to crouch in prison; shows the attitude and position of the police officers who tend to work serving the interests of mining corporations rather than the people themselves.

Therefore, we urge:

  1. Urge the Chief of Regional Police of Southeast Sulawesi and the Chief of Resort Police of Kendari to withdraw all police officers on the site immediately
  2. Urge Chief of the National Police to take firm actions on Chief of the Regional Police of Southeast Sulawesi and Chief of the Resort Police of Kendari for letting their forces guard PT GKP the breakthrough of residents’ lands.
  3. Urge TNI Commander to take maximum action and punish its members suspected of being involved and abusing their authority in guarding the intrusion of residents’ land by PT. GKP
  4. Urge the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), National Commission for Women (Komnas Perempuan), and the Indonesian National Commission for Child Protection (KPAI) to immediately investigate the allegation of crime against humanity committed by PT GKP and the police force of Southeast Sulawesi.
  5. Urge ESDM Ministry to immediately stop, evaluate the activity of PT GKP and revoke the IUP of the company.

 

Contact Person: 

  1. Wawonii Resident – Amir – +62 823-1825-0993
  2. Wawonii Resident – Muslimin- +6282276012539
  3. JATAM – Muh Jamil – +62 821-5647-0477
  4. KontraS – Helmy Hidayat Mahendra – 081259269754
  5. YLBHI – Zainal Arifin – +62 813-9128-2443
  6. KIARA – Fikerman Saragih – +62 823-6596-7999
  7. LBH Makassar – Edy Kurniawan – +62 853-9512-2233

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