Stop criminalization and expropriation of Marjun Indigenous territories

On June 4, 2022, 6 Marjun Dayak Indigenous people and two others were arrested by Berau Regional Police based on the palm oil theft allegations report by PT (limited company). Tanjung Buyuh Perkasa Plantation (TBPP).

Agrarian conflict in Talisayan, Berau regency, East Kalimantan between the Indigenous people of Dayak Marjun and oil palm plantation of TBPP has been going on since 2004. The Indigenous community estimates that approximately 1,800 hectares of Indigenous land has been seized and planted with palm oil by TBPP.

National Committee for Agrarian Reform, consisting of Konsorsium Pembaruan Agraria (KPA; Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN); Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia (WALHI) and Indonesia Human Rights Committee for Social Justice (IHCS) together with Konfederasi Kongres Aliansi Serikat Buruh Indonesia (KASBI)


1) Berau District Attorney’s Office to immediately stop the legal process for the criminalization of Indigenous Marjun;

2) Berau Regional Police immediately releases Marjun Indigenous people from the threat of criminalization and any discriminatory legal charges.

3) Berau Regency government acts actively in fulfilling the rights to land, territory and environment of Marjun Berau Indigenous people who are seized and damaged by PT. TBPP.

4) The National Police Chief takes firm action against members who have taken counterproductive actions and evaluates the involvement of police officers in agrarian conflict areas.

5) The Ministry of ATR/BPN to immediately revoke the HGU of PT TBPP and impose strict sanctions for land grabbing actions that have been carried out by the company;

6) The president instructs the relevant ministries and institutions to properly implement Article 66 of the PPLH law

7) The president immediately instructed the relevant ministries and agencies to accelerate the resolution of agrarian conflicts in the Marjun Indigenous territories as part of the commitment to implement agrarian reform and the recognition and restoration of the rights of Indigenous Peoples