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30 Jun 2015

Indonesia: Kalimantan villagers file customary land rights claim for area within BHP Billiton's IndoMet coal mine; BHP responds

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In June 2015, villagers in Central Kalimantan lodged a claim under the local Dayak Misik land rights scheme to recognise customary land rights for 1,000 hectares of land within BHP Billiton’s IndoMet coal project area. They also claim the mine project will affect their livelihood and the environment. We invited BHP Billiton to respond and the company did so. We later invited BHP Billiton to respond to a further article reporting that Kalimantan villagers claim they were tricked and intimidated in relation to BHP's land acquisition in 2005. BHP referred us to its previous response.