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- Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2000 17:17:00
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>Subject: ACTION ALERT: UNOCAL abetted by BRIMOB Violated Human Rights!
>Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2000 15:12:47 +0000 (GMT)
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> >From: "Jaringan Advokasi Tambang" <jatam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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> >Subject: ACTION ALERT: UNOCAL abetted by BRIMOB Violated Human Rights!
> >Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2000 12:09:43 +0700
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> >ACTION ALERT: UNOCAL abetted by BRIMOB Violate Human Rights!
> >MORE CORPORATE AND POLICE BRUTALITY!!
> >Seven were shot. 16 were seriously wounded due to beatings and kicking by
> >BRIMOB (Indonesian Police Mobile Brigade) in an incident that occurred on 8
> >October, 2000. The 23 victims of police brutality were a part of the 300
> >community members of Marangkayu, Terusan and Rapak Lama sub districts,
> >kampung Kutai, East Kalimantan.
> >The community were carrying out a peaceful demonstration against UNOCAL
> >Indonesia Company whose operation has caused severe environmental damage and
> >major suffering for the local people. The peaceful act was carried out by
> >blockading the company's transportation routes both the land and the sea.
> >The blokade was carried out for 14 consecutive days?starting on 25 September
> >until 8 October 2000.
> >Instead of fulfiling community's demands, UNOCAL asked 60 Police and BRIMOB
> >personnel to disperse the blockade. The troops which were a joint force
> >between POLDA KALTIM and POLRES BONTANG brutally attacked the
> >community--firing shots, kicking and also beating them down with rattan
> >sticks. As a results, a total of 23 community were seriously injured, and 2
> >people were declared missing.
> >Since the beginning of its operation, UNOCAL has severely impacted the lives
> >of the community. The company's operation in Tanjung Santan terminal has
> >severely contaminated the surrounding land and waters due to their waste
> >disposal which applies the Bio Remediation Area system. Rice fields cannot
> >be re-planted for years due to company's waste. Fish and shrimps from local
> >waters were rejected from the market because they smell of oil. In addition,
> >there were several incidents where shrimps in community embankments were
> >found dead in massive amounts due to waste contamination.
> >Moreover, an independent test on a water sample taken from the location of
> >the break of the UNOCAL's waste pipe showed high levels of heavy metal
> >components that breached standard tolerance limit--making the water
> >hazardous for consumption. These environmental damages have also led to
> >social and economical degradation of community's lives.
> >In protest, the community carried out numerous efforts by submitting their
> >protest and demands to the company, plus local and central government. Their
> >latest efforts of submitting 11 points of demands were rejected by the
> >company. Disappointed, the community resorted to blockading the company's
> >transportation route. Unfortunately, instead of getting their demands
> >fulfilled, the community's rights were severely and brutally violated by the
> >company, BRIMOB and the Police.
> >Therefore, we call on you for support in protest of such gross practices.
> >You can convey your support by sending letters of protest (draft below) to
> >the company to protest the violence and human rights violations carried out
> >against the community. Also, we would really appreciate it if you could send
> >a copy of your protest letter to the Minister of Energy and Mineral
> >Resources (mentamben@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx); and us at Sek. JATAM
> >(jatam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx and JATAM KALTIM jatam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx)
> >For your support, we sincerely thank you.
> >For the earth,
> >INFORMATION DIVISION
> >Draft of Protest Letter
> >Roger C. Beach (Chairman and CEO)
> >UNOCAL CORPORATION
> >Headquarters: 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Ste 4000,
> >El Segundo, CA 90245, US
> >Phone: 310-726-7600
> >Fax: 310-726-7817
> >Timothy C. Lauer (President & Managing Director)
> >UNOCAL INDONESIA COMPANY
> >Sentra Senayan I Office Tower, 11th Floor
> >Jl. Asia Afrika No. 8, Senayan, Jakarta 10270
> >Tel. +62-21-573 1020
> >Fax. +62-21-573 1030
> >E-mail: tclauer@xxxxxxxxxx
> >Dear Sirs,
> >We are aware that on 8 October 2000, serious human rights violations have
> >taken place in the surrounding area of UNOCAL's operation in Tanjung Santan
> >terminal, in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
> >We are also fully aware that UNOCAL's operation in Tanjung Santan terminal
> >have severely polluted local rice fields and the surrounding sea due to your
> >company's waste disposal using the Bio Remediation Area system.
> >We have also learned that the surrounding community of Marangkayu, Terusan
> >and Rapak Lama villages have long-suffered due to and protested against your
> >company's operation. However, your company have refused any responsibilities
> >for all damages done to the community. As a result, the community held out a
> >peaceful blockade in reaction to your company's rejection. On 8 October
> >2000, this act of protest was countered by BRIMOB and Police with violence
> >and severe human rights violations.
> >Therefore, we strongly demand your company, UNOCAL, to immediately:
> >1. Cease the use of police and violence in responding to community's
> acts of
> >2. Be responsible for all damages and suffering inflicted on the
> >including for the human rights violations that occurred on the 8
> >2000 incident.
> >3. Fulfil community demands, including rehabilitating the polluted
> >surrounding environment.
> >We convey this protest to you with the hope that your company shall improve
> >its ways with sustainable practices that respect the rights of the local
> >people, environment, and human rights in general.
> >Sincerely yours,
> >JARINGAN ADVOKASI TAMBANG (JATAM)
> >Mining Advocacy Network
> >Jl. Mampang Prapatan II No. 30 RT 015/RW 04
> >Jakarta Selatan 12790
> >Telp/Fax: 62-(021)-794 1559
> >E-mail: jatam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >"Stop Pertambangan di Indonesia!"
> >"Stop Mining in Indonesia!"