Calls for Solidarity for
Displaced Villagers in Indonesia
Friends of the Earth International
Let us express solidarity with the residents of the villages affected by
the construction of the PLTA Poso II, Sulewana Hydropower Project, of
PT. Poso Energy in Indonesia. PT. Hadji Kalla and PT. Bukaka Hydropower
Engineering and Consulting Co., firms owned by Indonesia’s former vice
president, M. Jusuf Kalla, are implementing this project despite the
objections of the affected residents.
The manhandling of the protesting residents by Indonesian security
forces on March 2, 2011, is a blatant violation of the inhabitants’
human rights. We hold accountable not only the security forces but also
the local officials who are supposed to serve and protect the people but
have chosen instead to act in favor of corporate interests.
The Sulewana Hydropower Project, which will erect high voltage electric
towers in the area, violates the economic, social and cultural rights of
the community, among which is their right to free, prior and informed
consent. The project inevitably results in land-grabbing and
consequently the loss of livelihood and social dislocation of thousands
of people from Sulewana to Mangkutana, which spans 136 kilometers.
The compensation of 3,000 rupiahs (US$.34) per square meter offered by
the government and private companies is clearly inadequate to compensate
for the social costs of the project. Furthermore, it is an injustice to
the residents who are being uprooted from their communities.
The PLTA Poso II, Sulewana Hydropower Project, is a manifestation of the
dangerous fusion of the State’s incoherent laws, the private sector’s
thirst for profit and the security forces’ misplaced loyalty to
politicians and the business sector. It is patterned after the
build-own-operate (BOO) scheme being promoted by multilateral
institutions, such as the World Bank (WB) and Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The Indonesian government and the major of the Poso district government
should respect and uphold human and environmental rights. We demand that
the security forces involved in the harassment of the villagers be
severely punished for their transgression. Lastly, we demand state
authorities to work for the interests of the affected communities
instead of the local elite.
* Please send your solidarity statement and support for the struggle
against injustice in Poso Regency by visiting this internet link: <http://www.foei.org/en/get-involved/take-action/halt-the-poso-ii-mega-dam