TKPRT: Immediately Revoke and Prosecute the Issuer of the New Permit in Tripa

Banda Aceh – In a meeting at Hermes Palace Hotel in Banda Aceh on July 4, the Coalition for the Protection of Tripa (TKPRT) urged the UKP4 Team that came to hear directly about the issues related to the case of Tripa Peat Swamp caused by the issuance of the Governor Permit No. 525/BP2T/5322/2011 dated on August 25, 2011 regarding Plantation Permit for PT. Kalista Alam in the village of Pulo Kruet, Nagan Raya District, Aceh Province.

The meeting was attended by journalists, academicians from Unsyiah, local community and NGOs members of TKPRT as well as team for Jakarta consisting of UKP4, REDD+ Task Force, Crime Division of the National Police, Staff of MoE, Banda Aceh Legal Aid organization and Government officials from BPKEL.

Adnan NS, on behalf of the Tripa community and YEL, complaint about the sluggish law enforcement process in this case. This contributes to accelerated destruction of the ecosystem of Tripa Peat Swamp. Similar statement was addressed by Halim G regarding the increasing pressure felt on the field during the case of Tripa Peat Swamp, especially towards local community leaders, among others Ibduh, who was intimidated by the military in Darul Makmur Sub district. The pressure towards Ibduh came from third party through cellular phone. The military official introduced as DANRAMIL (Sub district Military Commander) of Darul Makmur has called Ibduh over his cellular phone to come to the Sub district Military Headquarter and started there with interrogation related to Ibduh’s report to the Central Police in Jakarta.

Firmed statement has been addressed by the Executive Director of WALHI Aceh, TM Zulfikar, to the Task Force’s team concerning the weak law enforcement that reflects the rule of the blade: dull on top and sharp at the bottom, which also means that the real actor is still untouched. National economic development, which should have focused on the welfare of the community, turned out to be more for the favour of big companies’ economic welfare. In fact, in the efforts to achieve 26% emission reduction created more emotions in its implementation.

The spokesperson of TKPRT hoped that the team of the Task Force and the UKP4 currently working in the case of Tripa to not only stand still during the investigation process. It is clear that the team, as published in the REDD Task Force’s press release of April 13, 2012, has identified 3 violations of the laws through the issuance of the permit with the most important note stating that the law has to be enforced. From the findings of the Task Force, there are 3 violations of the Laws No. 18/2004 on Plantation, No. 32/2009 on the Protection and the Management of the Environment and No. 26/2007 on the Spatial Planning in conjunction with the Presidential Decree No. 32/1990 on the Management of Protected Areas.

“Based on these finding, we hope that there will be prosecution or conviction of the (former) Governor of Aceh and his cronies involved in the issuance of the permit, as it was published in the media. TKPRT’s investigation identified 24 violations of the permit to legal regulations, illegal activities as well as abuse of authority and official position. We therefore ask the team to apply corruption clause to incur deterrent effect and to avoid other officials to do the same error,” said the spokesperson of TKPRT, Irsadi Aristora.

Listening to the critics and inputs from the attendants, the team replied to each of the question started by the staf of MoE explaining that the letter from KPU4 to the MoE to be immediately responded, proven by their visit (to Tripa) in the beginning of April. “Currently, the team of MoE have identified the indications of 2 legal violations: 1. Crime against the environment; 2. Civil rights violation re the loss caused by environmental destruction through clearing by burning,” said the staf of MoE.

“Currently we are applying the full package together with the General Attorney in looking directly at the forest fires of both companies SPS2 and KA. At the beginning of May directly with an expert from IPB, Basuki Wasis, we intensively interrogated witnesses from the company, Government Offices, National Land Office and Ministry of Forestry as well as community. The process is still ongoing, especially related to the EIA and it hopefully will be finalised as soon as possible, and we need support from quickly and carefully,” he added.

Insp. Gen. Gatot from the Criminal Division of the National Police addressed that investigation is currently carried out by the Police at province level in Aceh with direct backup from the Central Police. At the field level, we have identified that the company has cleared the area prior to the issuance of the plantation permit. “Currently we are about to investigate through witnesses and plantation expert, which we requested to send 3 experts, but still not realised. The plants have been planted before the issuance of plantation permit that was then issued in August 2011, even there was irregularities related to the permit,” he said.

Deputy VI of UKP4, Mas Achmad Santosa, through R. Samadji concluded that there are 6 points to be addressed to the Governor:

  1. The Spatial Plan of the Leuser Ecosystem to be restructured through a multi-party commitment that will be endorsed from all sides;
  2. Complete moratorium of the utilisation of Tripa Peat Swamp, through blocking the drainage canals and ceasing peat fires;
  3. To conduct scientific research on the biodiversity of Tripa Peat Swamp;
  4. Restoration and rehabilitation of Tripa ecosystem;
  5. To restore community’s trust in the security officials in Aceh;
  6. Political will to revoke all palm oil permit within Tripa Peat Swamp;

As delivered to AtjehLINK by the spokesperson of TKPRT, Irsadi Aristora, on Tuesday (10/7).

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The Leuser Ecosystem on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia is in grave danger. Local politicians want to allow logging, mining and palm oil plantations in this vulnerable area. Sumatran orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers are already hanging on by a thread. They will not survive the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem.

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