"Every week, we received reports on the arrest of indigenous people and the determination of fugitive status," AMAN secretary-general Abdon Nababan said at a press conference on Wednesday.
said that indigenous people were often arrested for farming their own land because the government had issued forest utilization licenses for their land to companies.
said indigenous people had also been criminalized when they tried to farm land that was within an area that the government had declared a national park despite it originally being their customary land.
said, the government did not do its best to reach out to indigenous people, which had at times led to separatist sentiment.
"Indigenous people feel excluded.
They feel disappointed and colonized by the state.
Such disappointment is expressed by separatism movements, like that in Papua," Abdon