KPA Criticized Presidential Decree Draft on Agrarian Reform

KPA/Jakarta: In order to implement agrarian reform, Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning/BPN invited Consortium for Agrarian Reform (KPA), HuMA and Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) to discuss a draft of Presidential Decree.

In the discussion, Dewi Kartika, Vice General Secretary of KPA, said that reform subject and object should be precised. They should learn from land redistribution experience before, the appointed subjects were not the right targets because they did not involved any peasant organization at that time. Such was happened at Cilacap. At the time the land redistributed, the struggling peasant organization or union, which had been fighting for the land object, was not involved fully. The subjects list was overcrowded by unintended names.

Aside from that, she exclaimed that the distributed land should be excessive and conflicted land. According to KPA database, there are 6,541,951.00 hectares of conflicted land in the last decade. “This problematic land should be the one distributed to small and landless peasants,” she said.

According to Arman from AMAN, the draft presented by Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning did not accommodate indigenous people. Though agrarian conflicts concerning indigenous people are very high in numbers. “For all these times, land hungry enterprises keep grabbing indigenous people’s land,” Arman said closing his statement.

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