Monitoring of the human rights impact of palm oil in Central Kalimantan

In 2013, the Indonesia Programme cooperated with several Indonesian NGOs on monitoring the human rights impact of palm oil in Central Kalimantan.

It was found that the palm oil industry created serious human rights problems in all examined areas. This included, among other things, problems related to access to food, water, health, wages, working hours, as well as forceful takeover of land.

An English version of the report can be downloaded here.

The role of the Indonesia Programme was to advice during the design of the project, as well as during the report-writing phase. The data collection in the field was conducted by three Indonesian organisations: The Jakarta-based Institute for Ecosoc Rights, and two organisations with offices in Palangkaraya, JPIC and The Institute for Dayak Culture (Lembaga Kebudyaan Dayak).

These organisations have full ownership over the data collected, as well as for the conclusions, claims and recommendations made in the report.

Specific activities held in 2013 included:

  • A workshop on designing the framework for monitoring, held in Palangakarya April 2013. Here we benefited greatly from the contribution of Prof. David Kinley from the University of Sydney
  • First set of data collection in the field
  • A workshop on practical problems encountered and on preparation of a new round of data collection held in Palangkaraya
  • Further data collection
  • Report-writing, including a report writing workshop held in Palangkaraya
  • Presentation of the findings under the 2013 UN Forum for Business and Human Rights in Geneva (by the Institute for Ecosoc Rights)
  • Presentation of the report and discussion on its findings in Palangkaraya, Dec 2013
Published Aug. 22, 2014 4:23 PM - Last modified Feb. 5, 2015 10:54 AM