Jayapura, Jubi – At least 40 people from Senggi District, Keerom, Papua rallied at the Papua Legislative Council this week to demand revocations of companies’ permit to log timber.
Protest coordinator Golden Salmon Yamanda told representatives of the Papuan parliament that the permits owned by private companies harmed the indigenous people.
“When we manage our forests and we sell the timber, we are called a thief. We want the timber management rights of indigenous peoples to be given back and we can sell freely, nobody will be arrested, ” Yamanda said.
He further explained, when indigenous people sold their forest products, they were then arrested because of having no permission. Now the people demanded to have legal protection for them.
“The concession should be eliminated and the indigenous peoples who have rights to manage the potential of their own forests and through it, their lives can be improved,” he added.
In the meeting, the Council was represented by Boy Dawir, Thomas Sondegau, Orwan Tolli Wonne, Lazarus Sieb, Emus Gwijangge, and Nikius Bugiangge.
“The aspirations will continue to chairman of the board, and then forwarded to the Special Committee to deal with this forest issues. We will also ask the Special Committee to visit the area,” Boy Dawir said to the public.
He said the special committee on Illegal Logging will be formed by Papua Legislative Council. It also will call the related agencies to look back on the existing rules and to check whether all the owners of concessions are granted permission by indigenous or not. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)