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Demand Toba Pulp Lestari stop intimidating Indigenous Batak communities
For communities on the frontlines of pulp and paper plantation expansion, farming their traditionally-owned land can mean intimidation and arrest.
Toba Pulp Lestari is Indonesia’s largest producer of wood pulp for fabric, and its intimidation tactics and the arrests of local activists have created an atmosphere where communities live in fear that using their traditionally-owned farms and forests will result in unwelcome encounters with security guards or police, violence, and unjust incarceration.
On paper, Toba Pulp Lestari has a policy committing to respect the rights of communities, but this type of intimidation and criminalization demonstrates that the company is not acting on its promises.
Sign this petition to demand that Toba Pulp Lestari keep its promise to respect the rights of the Indigenous Batak people to farm their traditionally owned land and protest their rights.
In Indonesia, and across the world, the fight for land rights and the fight for the forests and climate are one in the same.
Indigenous Batak communities rely on their forests for their fresh water, food and livelihoods. When Toba Pulp Lestari—Indonesia’s largest producer of pulp for fabric—clearcuts forests for industrial pulp plantations, it destroys not only a diverse forest, but also the ability of the community to provide for themselves and their families. When communities have legal rights to their lands, they have every incentive to protect it.
Sign this petition to demand demand that Toba Pulp Lestari respect the land rights of the Indigenous Batak people, and commit to working with the government to ensure that communities get legal rights to their land.
Companies that produce the pulp used to make rayon and viscose fabrics clothing profit from clearing and planting monocrop pulpwood plantations on forests and farmlands owned by Indigenous and frontline communities. After decades of campaigning led by Indigenous and frontline communities, fashion companies throughout the apparel supply chain—from Disney to producers like Asia Pulp & Paper (APP)—have made policy promises to eliminate deforestation and human rights abuses. Still, not enough has changed on the ground.
Sign the petition to demand that Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) keep its promises to respect human rights by resolving its conflicts with communities and actively supporting the return of community-owned lands.
I care about where my clothing comes from. I do not want my clothing to be linked to harm to the world’s forests and climate, or violations of human and land rights of Indigenous and frontline communities. I care that no one is hurt, intimidated or arrested for standing up for their rights.I know your company has taken steps to address these issues, including developing a policy designed to eliminate egregious practices, and provide restitution for communities who have experienced harm in the past. I appreciate this first step. Yet change is coming too slowly. I strongly urge you to listen to the voices of frontline and Indigenous communities, and take urgent action to remedy the past harm they have experienced and to prevent future violations of their rights. Prioritizing this action is necessary to living up to your promises, and is necessary to addressing the concerns of consumers across the world. I look forward to seeing swift progress in Lubuk Mandarsah among many other areas, and I will avoid purchasing from companies who buy from APP until there is verified evidence of change on the ground.