The Importance of Land Acknowledgement to Prevent Human Rights Violations

NCHR advisor Aksel Tømte explained the vulnerability of locals in land-related conflicts involving corporations during the opening of the Moot Court Competition’s final stage in Bandung, West Java Bandung 7. April. 

Oil palm plantation in Cigudeg, Jawa Barat. (Photo: wikimedia commons)

In an article published by the Jakarta Post Tømte explained how human rights violations tend to increase as states hand over parts of its responsibilities on rights protection to corporations or business entities.

This is because the companies represent the interests of stakeholders, which could be different from the interests of the people, Tømte told the Jakarta Post.  

Many legal problems between corporations and the people are related to unresolved land ownership status. Tømte emphasized that such problems tend to appear in oil palm plantation schemes in Indonesia, in which companies give indigenous people who did not have land certificates rights over the land. 

Read full article from the Jakarta Post: Land acknowledgement crucial to prevent human rights violations


Tags: Palm oil, Business and Human Rights, Human Rights and Sustainable Development, Indonesia
Published Oct. 23, 2017 9:18 AM - Last modified Oct. 23, 2017 11:07 AM