13 Mar 2006

Abuses by Freeport in Papua to be raised with UN

5:22 pm on 13 March 2006

The Papua operations of mining company Freeport will be among the issues raised at the upcoming UN Human Rights Commission meetings in Geneva.

The Jakarta Post reports that Indonesian environmentalists plan to discuss pollution and rights abuse by multinational companies in the Republic during the UN meetings from March 27 to April 8.

The Indonesian Forum for the Environment is dismayed by what it says is the government's failure to properly address the problems which mainly affect local communities.

The forum's deputy director Ridho Saleh says they plan to discuss how law enforcement has been lacking as far as pollution by multinational companies is concerned.

He says he will push the commission to produce a resolution obliging multinational companies to protect the environment and the people living near their operation areas.

Earlier this month, Freeport experienced a series of protests both at its headquarters in Jakarta and its mine in Timika by activists upset at locals being denied access to a share of the mine's wealth, and over the environmental impact of the site.