Editors note :Published by MAC on 2003-07-15
Editors note :
Copies are available of the community demands of 31 June and 18 July 2003, which allege breaches of law by Newcrest mining and demand the Toguraci mine not proceed.
· The Indonesian Forestry law (1999) prohibits open cut mining in areas such as the Toguraci protected forest, also affecting several other planned Australian-owned mining projects. The ban is currently the subject of a struggle between environmentalists and miners, and in earlier this year Indonesian students protested at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, angry that the Australian government has been aggressively lobbying to overturn Indonesia environmental protection so that Australian companies such as Newcrest, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto can mine in protected forests. Further information is available at http://www.walhi.or.id/English/Press%20Room/index.htm and http://www.jatam.org/
· The name of Newcrest's mining company in Halmahera is PT. Nusa Halmahera Minerals
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