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Kaoem Telapak and Kinipan Indigenous People Demand to Put Aside the Application of ISPO Certificate from PT SML

Kaoem Telapak and the Indigenous People of Laman Kinipan called for the ISPO Certification Institute not to do ISPO certification on PT Sawit Mandiri Lestari (SML), considering that this company is still in conflict with the Indigenous Peoples of Laman Kinipan regarding the customary territory of the community taken by the company.

PT Sawit Mandiri Lestari (SML), which has been operating since 2014 in Lamandau Regency, Central Kalimantan, since entering the Kinipan region, has received rejection from the indigenous people who are not ready to convert the area and forests into oil palm plantations. Various efforts have been made by the Kinipan community to preserve their ancestral heritage, such as mapping the Kinipan customary territory in 2015, registering with the Customary Territory Registration Agency (BRWA) in 2017, and demanding the recognition of ancestral territory, which so far has not yielded results.

The Kinipan community’s rejection of PT SML led to the criminalization of the community, in which the Central Kalimantan Regional Police arrested 5 Kinipan indigenous people in August 2020.

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