Jakarta, CNN Indonesia – The issue of crimes and human rights violations in the mining sector has been discussed in the supervision forum of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). The discourse was even recommended by the Java Region Anti Mafia Mining Coalition in the Monitoring and Evaluation forum of the Coordination and Supervision Results of Mineral and Coal Mining for the Provinces of Central Java, West Java, Yogyakarta and East Java some time ago.

“One of the recommendations of the Anti-Mining Mafia Coalition is the handling and settlement of cases related to crimes and human rights violations in the mining sector,” said Maryati Abdullah, Coordinator of Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Indonesia, to CNN Indonesia, today, Friday (2 / 10).

According to Maryati, handling and resolving cases of human rights violations and crimes in the mining sector is one of the 11 recommendations raised in the joint supervision forum with the KPK. The forum was attended by KPK Deputy Chairman Johan Budi Sapto Pribowo, Director General of Mineral and Coal Bambang Gatot Ariyono, as well as all levels of regional government officials in Java, May 2015.

Maryati stated that the recommendation at that time was submitted to be able to solve existing crime cases and prevent similar violations. Regarding the murder of anti-mining activist Salim Kancil, the Anti-Mining Mafia Coalition asked law enforcement officials to thoroughly investigate the case.

“The community needs assurance that monitoring mining activities will not endanger them. So that there will be no more incidents like the Salim Kancil case,” said Maryati.

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Meanwhile, another recommendation that was raised in the KPK supervision forum was for the relevant officials to carry out the maximum supervisory and law enforcement function to ensure that there is no conversion of forest land for mining that is not in accordance with statutory regulations.

“If it does not comply with the provisions, it can cause friction and clashes with environmentalists and mining activists. Cases of violence are not impossible, ”said Maryati.

Another recommendation is “Prioritizing the safety of citizens and the environment in controlling, arranging permits, and enforcing the law.”

The Anti Mafia Mining Coalition also recommended that a black list scheme be developed for companies and company owners who violate the use of permits and cause loss to the state. The black list, continued Maryati, must be informed to the public and banks.

“Mining business activities must pay attention to aspects of human rights, community socio-economic rights, and environmental protection,” said Maryati.

On 26 September 2015, anti-mining activist Salim Kancil (46) was killed. He was picked up by a number of thugs from his home and taken to the Selok Awar-Awar Village Office.

Salim was tortured by getting beaten up by rocks and other hard objects by many people while his hands were tied.

The National Police Commission (Kompolnas) is currently also in Lumajang monitoring the police investigation into the Salim murder case. The East Java Regional Police have named 23 people as suspects who were suspected of being involved in killing Salim.

One of the people named a suspect was the Village Head of Selok Awar-awar, Hariyono. The police found an airsoft gun at his residence during a search, Thursday afternoon (1/10). (rdk)

source: Penuntasan Kejahatan Tambang Mencuat di Forum Supervisi KPK