Police investigate villager’s murder in pulp and paper concession

An acacia plantation that was burned in Riau by villagers seeking to establish an oil palm plantation. (photo: Rhett Butler)

Indonesian police are investigating the brutal killing of a villager in Jambi at the hands of security guards contracted by Wira Karya Sakti (WKS), a plantation company owned by forestry giant Asia Pulp & Paper (APP). APP quickly condemned the murder and said it is cooperating with the investigation.

Violent conflict between locals and private or state security forces are common in Indonesia, especially in and around industrial concessions. These conflicts sometimes result from the state's failure to recognize community land claims, resulting in traditional lands being granted for industrial plantations, logging concessions, and mines. Adding to the problem is perpetrators of violence often escape prosecution.

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