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Indonesia: Antimining activist beaten to death

Published by MAC on 2015-09-29
Source: Statement, Tempo, Jakarta Post (2015-09-29)

A farmer and anti-mining activist, Salim alias Kancil, from Selok Awar-Awar village, Lumajang, East Java has been tortured and killed at the hands of paramilitaries. A second victim, Tosan, suffered serious injuries and is in a crticial condition in a hospital in Malang, East Java.

MAC editorial group, JATAM, has strongly condemned this incident and urged the government to:
1. Ask police and other related institutions to investigate the case, including searching for the intellectual actors behind this incident;
2. Stop sand mining in Lumajang, East Java and stop land grabbing and conversion into mining;
3. Protect community's rights to express opinions and to be productive and access productive land from intimidation, torture, murder and land grabbing.

JATAM are encouraging individuals and institutions to writ to the following contacts asking for justice in this cse:-

1. Kasat Reskrim Lumajang (+62-85232484888)

2. Complaint Center of Ministry of Environment and Forestry
Gedung Manggala Wanabakti Blok I lt. 3
Jln. Gatot Subroto - Senayan Jakarta -Indonesia – 10207
Telepon/Fax: +62-21-5704501-04; +62-21-573019

3. Minister of Environment and Forestry (+62-8121116011)

4. Indonesian National Police
Jl. Trunojoyo No.3, Jakarta Selatan DKI Jakarta 12110
Call Center: +62-21-91261059
Fax: +62-21-7218741
Email: mabes[at]polri.go.id

5. National Commission of Human Rights (Nurkolish) +62-8127107577

6. Lumajang Regent (Bupati) As'at +62-8113500486

7. Kapolres Lumajang Fadly Munzir  (+62-811751997)

Antimining activist beaten to death in East Java

Wahyoe Boediwardhana

The Jakarta Post

28 September 2015

Lumajang, East Java - The Lumajang Police in East Java have arrested 36 people on suspicion of involvement in a deadly assault that claimed the life of a local farmer who had co-arranged a protest against invasive sand-mining in his village.

Lumajang Police’s criminal investigation unit chief Adj. Comr. Heri Sugiono said his office, however, had yet to formally name any suspects, as the investigation was still ongoing.

“We are still conducting field checks, going deeper into the case. We are also still questioning a number of witnesses,” Heri said on Saturday as quoted by tribunnews.com.

Earlier on Saturday, a 52-year-old villager named Salim, or Kancil, was allegedly beaten to death by a group of people in Selok Awar-Awar subdistrict, Pasirian district. The same group also allegedly assaulted Tosan, 51, another villager, leaving him in a critical condition.

Three days before the incident, the two victims, along with dozens of fellow villagers, staged a rally to protest against sand-quarrying activities on Watu Pecak Beach, also in Selok Awar-Awar subdistrict. The protesters claimed that the mining damaged the environment, leaving holes 5 meters in diameter and a meter deep on the beach.

The protest halted the quarrying and blocked dozens of trucks transporting the sand.

Heri confirmed that Salim and Tosan had both fallen victim to collective assault. “For now, the case involves an investigation into collective assault,” he said.

Shortly after the incident, the police arrested two men, identified as Dasir and Siari, whom several witnesses pointed to as the main perpetrators of the assault.

Ten others later turned themselves into the police. As of Sunday morning, 36 people were in police custody.

Lumajang, a home to 1 million people, is located some 150 kilometers southeast of the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya.

Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) East Java chapter director Ony Mahardika said the incident indicated the vested interests of the companies involved in sand-mining in the area.

According to Walhi data, 13 companies have been granted sand- and gravel-mining concessions from state-owned forestry firm Perhutani, which owns the land.

According to Ony, each of the 13 companies holds a concession with an average area of 5,000 hectares. The site where the villagers staged their rally belongs to PT Indo Multi Mineral Sejahtera, which holds a concession to operate mining activities on a 4,000 ha plot of land.

Ony condemned the deadly assault and urged law enforcers to investigate the case.

“I have been assured that a member of the presidential staff will visit the crime scene soon,” he told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.

According to Walhi data, Salim’s death is the first case of an environmental activist being murdered in East Java.

However, Ony added, the incident could have been predicted and prevented, as intimidation tactics against antimining protesters had long been used in the province, and reports of such tactics had been filed to both the provincial and national governments.


Police Claims to Arrest Mining Activist Murder Mastermind

David Priyasidharta & Eko Widianto

Tempo

29 September 2015

Lumajang-Police named 18 suspects in the torture and murder of Salim, 52 years, and Tosan, 51 years, village residents of Selok Awarawar, Pasirian District, Lumajang, East Java, police said on Monday, September 28.

Salim and Tosan were tortured by about 30 people, allegedly linked to their activity rejecting sand mining in the village. Salim died after the barbaric act on Saturday, while Tosan survived.

"Until now we've secured report and set a 18 suspects [last Saturday],” said Lumajang Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner of Fadly Munzir Ismail, on Monday.

According to Fadly, the number is likely to increase given the previous day two people who were arrested and 34 others surrendered. The suspects, not including the village head, who was said had rounded the mob before they surrendered.

According to Fadly, the police have arrested the mob killing mastermind. "Among the 18 people that we have secured, it includes the mastermind," he said. Fadly did not mention the name of the person.

As for those who have been named as a suspect, Fadly added, "each have different roles, from the inviting, ordering, hitting, throwing, and electrocuting the victims.”

Anti-mining activist network in Lumajang previously revealed, Salim, who together with Tosan was in charge of the Communication Forum of Concerned Citizens of the Selok Awar-Awar Coastal Village, was electrocuted in the village hall.

Tosan was tortured at his home and in the field not far from his home. In addition to being beaten with wood, hoe, stones and sickles, his body was run over by a motorcycle. "I know and recognize the torture perpetrators," says Ati Hariati, Tosan's wife, while attending to her husband at the Saiful Anwar Hospital.

Ati admitted that her husband was actively driving the communication forum since last February. The reason was, tourism permit was used as a cover for the mining operation had destroyed the beach and trucks had damaged roads making the roads impassable.

The protest act was what allegedly made her husband received threats from about 20 people who came to her house carrying sharp weapons on September 10. According to Ati, the threats was reported by Tosan to the police on September 11.

Fadly said he did not know about the earlier complaint. He was on the job one day before the incident happened. He said it was his job to protect whether on request or not.


Killing and Brutal Torture of Farmer, Antimining Activist in East Java

http://www.peoplesminingconf.net/news/selok-awar-awar-sand-mining

1 October 2015

The International People’s Conference on Mining 2015 (IPCM) strongly condemns the brutal torture of farmers and anti-mining activists Salim alias Kancil and Tosan, both from the village of Selok Awar-Awar Village in Lumajang, East Java, Indonesia, last September 26, 2015.


Salim and Tosan were leaders of the Communication Forum of Concerned Citizens of the Selok Awar-Awar Coastal Village, a community group opposed to sand mining in Selok Awar-Awar. On September 23, the group staged a protest action against sand mining in Watu Pecak Beach, which led to the stoppage of quarrying activities.

Three days after, Salim was reported to have been dragged from his house to the village hall of Selok Awar-Awar by a group of more than 30 men. There he was beaten, his head crushed with a big stone, and then mortally struck with a hoe on his head. Tosan, meanwhile, was assaulted in his home, beaten with wood, stones and farm implements, and run over by a motorcycle. He is in critical condition at the Saiful Anwar Hospital.

In many parts of the world, paramilitary thugs have been hired and financed by private interests, especially mining companies, to carry out the criminal task of harassing, assaulting, and silencing community dissent against large-scale mining projects. This has been highlighted in countries such as Colombia where Glencore and Drummond has been linked to the killing spree of the paramilitary group United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia , to Papua New Guinea where Rio Tinto has been implicated in numerous human rights abuses against Bougainville islanders. These paramilitaries, often in collusion with state armed forces and self-serving local and national government officials, work with impunity and sow terror and abuse, especially in locales far from the eye of public and media scrutiny.

While at least 18 suspects have been reported to be arrested by Lumajang police, more remain at large, including the Village Head of Selok Awar-Awar who has been implicated by community members as the mastermind of the brutal beatings.

The brutal beatings of Salim and Tosan are not just violent acts against the people of Selok Awar-Awar and Lumajang  but against peoples all over the world defending their rights, lands, and livelihoods.

We, the participants of IPCM representing 20 countries and 140 organizations from six continents, along with our friends, allies, partners, and colleagues, reiterate the call of IPCM organizer and regional coordinator Jaringan Advokasi Tambang – JATAM Mining Advocacy Network on the Indonesian government and authorities to:

We also encourage individuals and institutions to follow and oversee this case so it does not become a precedent which spread out to other places where farmers and communities resistance exist. Individuals and institutions can contribute by sending the demand through mail, text message, phone or other media to the addresses below.           

1. Kasat Reskrim Lumajang (+62-85232484888)

2. Complaint Center of Ministry of Environment and Forestry

Gedung Manggala Wanabakti Blok I lt. 3

Jln. Gatot Subroto - Senayan Jakarta -Indonesia – 10207

Telepon/Fax: +62-21-5704501-04; +62-21-573019

3. Minister of Environment and Forestry (+62-8121116011)

4. Indonesian National Police

Jl. Trunojoyo No.3, Jakarta Selatan DKI Jakarta 12110

Call Center: +62-21-91261059

Fax: +62-21-7218741

Email: mabes@polri.go.id

5. National Commission of Human Rights (Nurkolish) +62-8127107577

6. Lumajang Regent (Bupati) As'at +62-8113500486

7. Kapolres Lumajang Fadly Munzir  (+62-811751997)

 

 

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