April 8, 2021, 03.24 PM
Aerial photo of the construction of the Mandalika MotoGP circuit. FITRI RAerial photo of the construction of the Mandalika MotoGP circuit.

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - The government will look into the allegations of human rights violations in Indonesia's tourism mega-project in Lombok's West Nusa Tenggara province following a recent report made by the United Nations (UN) expert on human rights.  

A presidential spokesperson Fadjroel Rachman said that his office is currently studying the report.  

"We're studying it," Fadjroel told Kompas.com on Wednesday, April 7.

The UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Olivier De Schutter previously assessed that the development of the Mandalika National Tourism Strategic Area (KSPN) or The Mandalika, saying that it has violated human rights. 

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According to Olivier, the $3 billion tourism project on Lombok island has involved aggressive land grabs, forced evictions of Sasak indigenous peoples, intimidation, and threats against human rights defenders.

“Farmers and fisherfolk have been expelled from their lands and have endured the destruction of their houses, fields, water sources, cultural and religious sites, as the Indonesian government and the ITDC [Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation] groomed Mandalika to become a ‘New Bali’,” the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) website quoted Olivier as saying on Tuesday.

"We urge the Indonesian government to respect human rights and the rule of law," he added.

Based on the UN sources, the people who were victims of the evictions had not received any compensation from the government.

“Credible sources have found that the local residents were subjected to threats and intimidations and forcibly evicted from their land without compensation. Despite these findings, the ITDC has not sought to pay compensation or settle the land disputes,” said Olivier.

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