Palm oil, human rights, and the new village law

A five-day program consisting of a human rights training component, introduction to the new village law, and discussion on the impacts of palm oil production in the sub-district, was carried out in Paju Epat subdistrict 22-26 September 2014.

Speaker: Prasetyohadi from the Institute for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

There were approximately 50 participants, mainly village heads from Paju Epat and Karusen Janag subdistricts. There were also some palm oil companies present, and staff from the subdistrict administration.

The first day was used to present and the discuss research on the human rights impacts of palm oil production. Sri Palupi from the Ecosoc Institute presented the findings at provincial level. Gentio, who collected data in the surrounding areas, presented the more local findings.

The rest of the event was training in human rights and the new village law. The Human Rights component was delivered by Ecosoc Institute staff. The Village Law is considered have the potential to significantly influence the human rights situation on the ground – depending much on how it is implemented. (Read this previous training report for more information about the village law).

Budiman Sudjatmiko, a newly elected member of the House of Representatives from PDI-P, and Borni Kurniawan from IRE Yogyakarta, presented the law.

 

 

Published Oct. 29, 2014 11:29 AM - Last modified Oct. 29, 2014 11:30 AM