Abdon Nababan, secretary-general of the Indigenous Peoples' Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), said Jokowi needed to apologize to [Indonesia's] indigenous people and promise to address their problems.
"Such a gesture would restore people's confidence and trust and it wouldn't cost a penny," he
said on the sidelines of the conference on Tuesday.
Jokowi has shown a strong interest in gross violations of human rights, which has been reflected by the work carried out by his
transition team in gathering information and input on the issue from civil society groups.
According to Abdon
, Jokowi, who will succeed President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Oct. 20, should first talk directly with those people who have suffered state abuses for decades.
added that an intensive approach toward indigenous groups was necessary as they played a pivotal role in preserving the environment in general and forests in particular.
The UN recently hosted the two-day world conference on indigenous peoples, which was opened Monday by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The conference issued an Outcome Document, which clearly outlined the need for UN member states to end the massive suffering of indigenous peoples from exploitation and oppression at the hands of their own governments and private companies.
Addressing the conference as Asia's
representative during the closing session, Abdon
said the global climate-change crisis had provided the momentum for indigenous peoples to convince the world that they were a key part of the solution to global warming.
"Violence has often been used by the state to silence dissent.
At the heart of the crisis, basic corruption and abuse of power has happened in the process of forest and land grabs, notably in the process of obtaining permits for forest conversions.
It is all caused by human greed," Abdon