Indigenous Peoples Movement Not Revolt Against the State

The government’s fear of rebellion among indigenous to the state, is considered excessive attitude. Indigenous movement is fighting for the right as citizens, and not lead to separatism. Thus one of the main conclusions of an interactive discussion about the International Day of Indigenous Peoples, in Jakarta, Monday (19/08/2013).

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Women in Indigenous Community Portrait

Photo by : Sulung Prasetyo
The twin girls, that lived in the long house of Dayak Utik, West Kalimantan, Indonesia.


The involvement of women in the struggle for indigenous rights can not be taken not seriously. Some even have to be willing to be tortured, until lost of their lives. But obviously they are not just fighting for the rights of gender, but rather on improving the communities in where they live.

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Social Media Can Help Indigenous Peoples

In India a group of blind people, should every day across the railway tracks. With a little touch of video recording, which explains the difficulty of a blind person to cross the railway, until the blind victim stories who was hit and lost the hand. They need a rail bridge to make them still survived. It worked after a video spread via social media. Many people who sympathize with the story instantly dialed the railway department, which is listed at the end of the video.

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Who Got Benefit with REDD?

Underestimating ownership tenure, is tantamount to denying allocation benefits of emissions reduction program through deforestation and forest degradation (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation / REDD) program. Unfortunately in Indonesia, the recognition of the existence and practice to the right of ownership of the land tenure, is considered low. So we can be sure, if the condition continues, benefits from REDD program, only be enjoyed by the elite class without reaching the grassroots class. Thus one of the main conclusions have been found, through the launch of a book on ‘Tenure in REDD debate: subject matter or simply a complement?’, Written by Lorenzo Cotula and James Mayers, who issued by Epistema Institute, June 2013 ago.

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Indigenous People Can Help Fight Illegal Logging

Indigenous peoples can be a spearhead to eradication of illegal logging. Its because they are located mostly near natural or primary forests.Now, just how to facilitate and support them to those efforts.

Secretary General of the Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara/AMAN), Abdon Nababan said in Jakarta, Friday (05/24/2013) in response to rampant illegal logging in Indonesia.

“Constitution Court’s ruling to gives autonomy to the indigenous people to handle their own forest, and is not part of the state forest, the indigenous people could be at the forefront of combating illegal logging,” he explained.

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