AMAN secretary-general Abdon Nababan said on Wednesday that Jokowi had promised to establish the task force in August, but after three months, AMAN was yet to see any action taken by the President.
"I've asked the President but he
was preoccupied with the haze.
Now that the rain has slowed the forest fires, he
should fulfill his
after a press conference.
represents a network of around 2,253 indigenous groups across Indonesia who mostly live in or around forests.
said the task force would be of great importance as indigenous people throughout the country were now in need of concrete actions from the government to strengthen their legal protections, particularly their rights to customary lands.
said the taskforce would be in line with Nawa Cita, the Jokowi administration's nine development goals, but he
understood that the President faced many obstacles in achieving the goals.
Indonesian forests, Abdon
said, had become political tools both for government and corporations - a phenomena that had been ongoing since the late 1960s when production forest concessions were made to support corporations.
notes, are relatively easy to exploit, and much easier than gold, copper or oil that need costly and complicated exploration and extraction.
"Governments, after the reform era, have made attempts to restore the rights of indigenous people.
However, problems that involve numerous corporations in traditional areas have piled up and hampered the process," Abdon