Indonesia: World's largest gold mine not benefitting Papua's indigenous people, say activists
Date Reported: 13 Oct 2017
CompaniesFreeport-McMoRan - Parent Company
ProjectsGrasberg - Unknown
Total individuals affected: Number unknownCommunity: ( Number unknown - Location unknown - Sector unknown , Gender not reported )
IssuesOwnership of Property & Possessions , Displacement , Indigenous Peoples , Free, prior & informed consent , Land Rights , Water pollution , Soil pollution , Insufficient/inadequate consultation , Impact on notable or protected areas , Impacts on Livelihoods
Response sought: Yes, by BHRRC
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Source type: Lawsuit
Freeport McMoRan Inc. (FCX) and the Indonesian government are currently hashing out the details of a long-term agreement for an extension of the company’s contract to operate the giant Grasberg gold and copper mine in Papua province, due to expire in 2021.
Freeport announced in August that it had agreed to divest a 51 percent stake in its Indonesian subsidiary, PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI), in which it currently holds a 90.64 percent stake, following sustained pressure by the government to reform a mining sector long seen as not doing enough to benefit local communities or contribute to the national economy...
Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), a state-funded body, said earlier this year that PTFI had never compensated the Amungme and the Kamoro as the original stewards of the land where it operates...
PTFI spokesman Riza Pratama said the company manages its waste in accordance with the terms set out in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approved by the government in 1997. “We are operating in accordance with our mining contract and [mining waste processing and disposal] has been regulated in it,” he told Mongabay...
The BPK [Indonesia’s Supreme Audit Agency] also found that Freeport had used 4,536 hectares (11,208 acres) of protected forest area without obtaining the proper permits, costing the government $20 million in lost fees between 2008 and 2015.
Riza declined to comment on this finding when asked by Mongabay...
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