9 Sep 2010

Uranium mining in Papua could harm locals

6:43 pm on 9 September 2010

There are concerns that uranium exploration in the Timika region of Indonesia's Papua is ignoring indigenous people and could harm their long-term welfare.

The Papuan Customary Council says there is a need for transparency by investors at the Freeport mine about how long the explorations will be conducted and what the local communities will receive in payment.

The Council says explorations have been under way for eight months and it's made strong representations to the company about the harm they are doing to the indigenous people.

It says investors and the government need to be more open towards the local communities about the benefits and disadvantages of the uranium exploration.