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Robert Simamora, Aek Lung, North Sumatra, Indonesia

“We ask for the government to release the traditionally-owned land to us so that the community can manage their land in peace, without any more disruptions from Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL). To all producers supplied by TPL, stop buying from TPL because they are grabbers of community lands...TPL does not create prosperity in communities, only suffering.”

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Over three decades ago, pulp giant Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL) took traditionally-owned land across the Lake Toba region of Indonesia from Indigenous communities without their consent. TPL transformed community land into pulp plantations used to make material for everyday fabrics like rayon, viscose, and modal.

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