The responses and protest actions relating to the mining disputes between indigenous community of Tumbak village in West Flores, Indonesia and a mine company are still going on.
A large number of priests, nuns, students and people of affected community did a protest against the local authorities and the Police in Borong, the Capital of East Manggarai on September 18, 2014. The action was organized by Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) and Pastoral Center of Ruteng Diocese, in West Flores.
On September 19, 2014 the coalition of civil society organizations based in Jakarta held a discussion to respond to the issue. Two burning issues that is be raised in this meeting is: abused against human (Eocosoc) rights of indigenous community and an institutional violence committed by local authorities and security forces (Police and national Army) who backs up the mine company. This discussion meeting is hosted and organized by VIVAT Indonesia.
The National Human Rights Commission is doing an investigation regarding the case which is widely covered by local and national media. We are looking forward to seeing how the UN resolution of guiding principles on business and human rights which has been signed by the Government of Indonesia is implemented by the national and local government and the business people in Indonesia.
Promoting the UNGP as national policy framework as well as an operational work seems to be a critical issue for advocacy work of the Indonesian CSOs in near future with our new administration.