The indigenous peoples of Koto Sepuluh have already lived in their ancestral land long before the existence of the Indonesian Republic. They have their own land laws that governed land tenure, management of agricultural lands, managed hunting, and ways to open the forest. The State has systematically abrogated the indigenous laws of the Tanjung Benuang Village by issuing law on village administration. Through the imposition of this law, the land of the people has been grabbed through the granting of HPH concession to the companies, creating untold misery to the village peoples.
Penang (Malaysia) / July 2012 / 10 pages