Dear Editor,In 1988, many key stakeholders in Guyana invited the Carter Center to address the overwhelming epidemic disease of democracy, called ‘Rigging of National and Regional Elections’. Over the previous 26, the Peoples National Congress (PNC) as the controlling Government, had cultured, ingrained, and utilized this and other clandestine approaches to impose far too many brutal told and untold sufferings on the people of this nation.Coupled with the decades of exhibited poor performance by the PNC Government, the situation regarding uncontrolled cheating during elections had become alarming in epic and unparalleled proportions. The results were not only crippling to the country’s development, but they also threatened Guyana’s alliances with partners both regionally and globally. By then, international interventions were way over due, and they served to realize positions that were mutually acceptable on national and international levels.The Carter Center, and the Price Waterhouse served as key mediators in providing recommendations, and in engaging key stakeholders of the then Desmond Hoyte Led PNC Party and the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP). The agreed prescription and recommended treatment for the infectious rigging informed a balanced platform and realized a considerable fair-minded mechanism for the operations of the Guyana Election Commission.Notably, the key stakeholders concluded many discussions of critical matters during a period which necessitated the postponement of National and Regional Elections for two years. The formula to elect the Chairman of the Commission and the process to employ staff of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) were all put in place, advancing the more valiant initiatives to eradicate the ‘Rigged Elections’ infection that had plagued our nation for decades. The epidemic was virtually exterminated, which led to a very progressive Guyana in the decades leading up to 2015.Today, under President Granger’s PNC dominated coalition Government, we are witnessing the re-emergence of this disease. Its fertilisation is now being openly advanced by the many unpopular uncultured PNC policies, which certainly undermines the agreed balance intended in the tested and proved constitutional changes. GECOM’s Secretariat is now administering many of the required activities in a most unprofessional manner that absolutely diminishes the nation’s trust and confidence.Sincerely,Neil Kumar
Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David De Gea Manchester United could be without David De Gea for their crunch clash with Arsenal after the goalkeeper dislocated a finger while on international duty.The Spain shot-stopper will miss his country’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus in Huelva on Saturday.He will be assessed by the Spain team doctors before a decision is made on whether to send him back to his club.Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has already been ruled out of the Group C match with a hamstring injury.“David de Gea was forced to stop training after suffering an injury to the fifth finger of his right hand,” read statement on the national team’s website. “Having suffered a similar situation in the past, De Gea will remain with the squad and will wait to see how he improves.” 1
1 Sandro QPR insist Sandro has NOT been desported.A national newspaper report on Tuesday claimed the Brazilian was kicked out of the UK after playing for the London club without a work permit all season.But the Loftus Road outift claim those reports are wide of the mark, and the 26-year-old has, in fact, left the UK on holiday.“The club is aware of today’s story in The Sun newspaper regarding Sandro and the Home Office,” said a statement.“Whilst the club is in dialogue with the Home Office in a bid to resolve the matter, it is not in a position to comment further at this time.“However, the club can clarify that Sandro is currently on holiday in Brazil – but wasn’t deported as suggested in the article.“The club will be making no further comment.”
1 Arsenal have joined Chelsea and Manchester City in checking on the availability of Kingsley Coman.The winger is coming to the end of a two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich from Juventus and it had been xpected he would extend his stay with the German champions.However, the France international has not been a regular under Carlo Ancelotti and as yet a permanent deal has not been rubber-stamped.That has attracted interest from elsewhere in Europe, with both Chelsea and Manchester City interested in Coman.And now, according to reports, they have been joined by Arsenal who have also enquired over the 20-year-old’s availability.The Gunners are expected to be in the market for attacking reinforcements this summer and Coman is seemingly high on their shortlist. Kingsley Coman in action for Bayern Munich
He said: “Looking at us from the day I walked in to now, we are at our best when we are positive and believe in ourselves.“You seen at the weekend, we never shown enough belief in the final third, couldn’t score and didn’t look like scoring.“It’s evident to the players that they are a much better team when they do go for it.”Gerrard, who said Ryan Jack could return for the match, added: “I’m not going to accept my team sitting back and waiting for a moment, we have to be on it from the first whistle to the last. Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has demanded his side learn from their weekend loss to Livingston by going on the front-foot from the off against Rapid Vienna.Gerrard watched his team go down 1-0 to the Lions on Sunday after struggling to break down a resolute home defence.The Light Blues now look to bounce back when they host their Austrian opponents in Europa League group stage action on Thursday.Gerrard has called on his players to provide an immediate response by “going for it” from the first whistle. “I’ve mentioned many times how I want it to look but the players have to go and deliver that.”Rangers are out to build on a well-earned point in Spain in their group opener against Villareal.Gerrard believes with their group, which also includes Spartak Moscow, a finely balanced one it’s imperative the Ibrox side make home advantage count.He continued: “The challenge is to get out of the group and to do that we have to get maximum points at home.“The league has always been the priority but we are Rangers and we want to win every game we play in, we put in a lot of effort and work to get to this stage.”Rapid Vienna have switched manager on the eve of their visit to Glasgow, with Dietmar Kuhbauer replacing Goran Djuricin in the hotseat following a poor start to their league campaign.Gerrard expects a reaction from the Austrians, and called on his side to be ready to think on their feet as Kuhbauer’s tactics become clear.He said: “They are a very good team technically, we expect a reaction from them because they have just appointed a new manager.“Normally, when you get a new manager you get that fresh start, so we expect a very strong Rapid Vienna performance.“In terms of tactics, how they will approach it, it’s difficult to judge.“The players will have to think fast on their feet and be prepared to adapt.”
THE ULSTER COUNCIL have released the dates and times for the 2017 Ulster SFC games.Donegal will take on Antrim at 4pm on Sunday, May 21 at Sean Mac Cumhaill Park in Ballybofey.The game is the first of the Ulster SFC quarter-finals, with a possible replay penciled in for a week later, May 27. The game is another home fixture for Donegal, who have had a Championship game in Ballybofey in 14 of the last 16 summers.Donegal have reached the last six Ulster finals, winning in 2011, 2012 and again in 2014. Tyrone are the reigning holders having defeated Donegal in July’s final with Monaghan taking home the Anglo Celt Cup in 2013 and 2015.The full schedule is listed below: Sat 20th May First Round (7.00pm): (a) 1. Muineachán V 2. Fear Manach at St Tiernach’s Park (Replay 27th May)Sun 21st May Quarter Final (4.00pm): (c) 6. Dún na nGall V 7. Aontroim at Pairc MacCumhaill (Replay 27th May)Sun 28th May Quarter Final (2.00pm): (b) 4. Doire V 5. Tír Eoghain at Celtic Park (Replay 3rd June) Sun 4th June Quarter Final (2.00pm): (d) 8. An Dún V 9. Ard Mhacha at Pairc Esler (Replay 10th June) Sun 11th June Quarter Final (2.00pm): (e) 3. An Cabhán V (a) Muineachán / Fear Manach (Replay 17th June) If An Cabhán V Muineachán at Kingspan Breffni Park If An Cabhán V Fear Manach at Brewster ParkSun 18th June First Semi Final (2.00pm): (b) Doire / Tír Eoghain V (c) Dún na nGall / Aontroim (Replay 25th June)Sat 24th June Second Semi Final (7.00pm): (d) An Dún / Ard Mhacha V (e) An Cabhán /Muineachán/Fear Manach (Replay 1st July)Sun 16th July Senior Football Final (2.00pm) (Replay 23rd July)Ulster Council confirm 2017 Championship arrangements was last modified: December 14th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Sligo Rovers confirmed on Wednesday that Ronan Coughlan has signed a new contract with the club.The striker, who turned 24 last week, has had an impressive season at The Showgrounds including scoring eight league goals and putting in a number of man of the match displays.He spoke to Ocean FM Sport about his decision to sign a new deal. play stop mute max volume 00:00 00:00 repeat Ronan Coughan signs new Rovers contract 09/10/2019 Download Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Coughlan signed on the eve of the Premier Division season and had just one training session before his first start.He struck up a dynamic partnership with Romeo Parkes as the duo contributed 19 league goals in total.Coughlan’s performances saw him become a real favourite among Showgrounds fans and he has signed a deal for the 2020 season – the 11th player now tied down.Rovers manager Liam Buckley said: Liam Buckley said: “We’re delighted to get Ronan signed up today. There was some interest from other clubs which didn’t come as a surprise after his performances this season.“He came in late in the day, when you consider he didn’t do any pre-season here.“Ronan’s contribution overall has been excellent, his work-rate is terrific and what we wanted to add to his game over the course of the season has been for him to get into areas to get more chances and as a result score more goals.“He has certainly improved on that and we want more of it next season. He can get better and better and we have an entire pre-season to work on patterns of play among the group.“Ronan knows how valued he is here and altogether it gives him a strong platform to take into next year and make a big, big impact in this league.“We have a good core group signed so far and we will build a very competitive squad. We want to take the progress we’ve made into next season because this year has been about getting us to a level to kick on.Sligo Rovers have two league games remaining: at home to Derry City on Saturday week (19th) and then away to Bohemians on October 25th.
As of tonight, Facebook has launched a new beta version of the site in Persian, in order to further enable the flood of news that has poured out of Iran in the wake of that country’s contested election last week. As Twitter became the star platform for Iranians to convey breaking news from on the ground, Facebook has been quiet by comparison. Now, by releasing an edition in the official language of Iran (also colloquially called Farsi), its attempting to capture some of the revolutionary self-expression that has thus far passed it by.Playing Catch-upAdding a Persian version is a noble effort, but it’s a week too late to aid in documenting the fiercest of protests, and is unlikely to shift attention either in Tehran or abroad. Whatever the language, Facebook pales in comparison to other social mediums currently in use for speedy transmission of events. To Iranians, Facebook is likely to be neither as familiar a publishing medium as blogs, nor relatively easy to access in the face of crackdowns (like Twitter is).Persian Facebook might be viable for something with a longer-term vision, with groups and causes being better for cohesive political organizing than an amalgamation of hashtagged tweets. But for now, Facebook is decidedly ill-suited to helping Iranians to speak to the world. Is Persian Necessary At All?Even if it existed prior to the protests, a Persian Facebook may not actually be so helpful in supporting Iranians during a time of political strife.With one of the largest and most active blogospheres in the world, Iranians are not hurting for tools to express themselves politically and culturally online. They’re just hurting for free access to them, which Facebook may not be able to provide considering it was blocked shortly before the election, and may even remain so.As far as Twitter and other platforms go, the vast majority of those tweeting from within Iran are doing so in English. Adding a private, Persian-language social network to the mix isn’t likely to aid those with the aim of communicating with the rest of the globe. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit steven walling Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#news#NYT#social networks#web
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Rafael Nadal claimed his second Wimbledon crown, beating 12th seed Tomas Berdych in straight sets in the final on Centre Court.The world No. 1 has thus won his eighth Grand Slam. The Spaniard has won the French Open five times along with one Australian Open.Berdych, the 6’5 tall Czech, had upset Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to make the final. But Nadal proved too strong in this 63 75 64 win.Nadal had first won the Wimbledon in 2008 after an epic final with Federer. An injury forced Nadal out of the 2009 Wimbledon, allowing Federer his sixth Grand Slam on grass.
What’s Hot and CoolHot or Not? With the Indian economy taking impressive strides, the rich and the affluent are spending like never before (“What’s Hot,” May 1). However, there is a cause for concern. While Mac-Books and MacMinis are flaunted as essential, the much-desired Rs 10,000 PC is hardly seen,What’s Hot and CoolHot or Not?With the Indian economy taking impressive strides, the rich and the affluent are spending like never before (“What’s Hot,” May 1). However, there is a cause for concern. While Mac-Books and MacMinis are flaunted as essential, the much-desired Rs 10,000 PC is hardly seen in the market. Clearly, the marketer is reluctant to push such lowmargin items.-R.K. Sudan, on e-mailWe are what we buy and wear. Brazen displays of gadgets and gizmos have become the order of the day. Today, an individual is revered not for his character or conduct, but for the worth of various accessories he sports. Let’s not endorse distorted values and equate a person’s status with his buying prowess.-K. Chidanand Kumar, BangaloreThe story is a treat to the eyes if not to the pocket. It shows that India is progressing fast and its citizens can aspire to acquire these gadgets. Unfortunately, these expensive things will not add to happiness in people’s lives but fuel jealousy.-Kanaka R. Nambiar, KaraikalMail of the weekTech TrackConvergence of technologies can transform societies in a big way (“The Triple Play”, May 1). One can access information on any subject and in any form- text, audio and video-instantly and even exchange it in real time across thousands of miles. In a developing and vast country like India, this could improve the efficiency of business and government manifold.-Shankar Vaidya, UdaipurDam LiesThe Supreme Court’s directive on the Sardar Sarovar project is impractical (“Dammed Development”, May 1). With so many formalities involved in the rehabilitation procedure, it is impossible for any government to rehabilitate all those displaced in just three months. Undue haste will result in large-scale irregularities and litigation, which may stall the project. The right thing to do is to penalise the governments guilty of neglecting the rehabilitation of the oustees.-Madhu Agrawal, DelhiThe dam controversy is a case of suppression of facts at every stage. The UPA Government has only highlighted the ostensible benefits of the dam and its lies have been exposed on the electricity generation front. Bureaucrats, engineers and politicians have twisted facts to suit their own preconceived notions. It is unfortunate that even sections of the national media have published biased reports to discredit Medha Patkar’s genuine movement.-H.R. Bapu Satyanarayana, MysoreNo one doubts the sincerity of Patkar and her team in fighting for the rights of the displaced people. But I am sceptical about the concern shown by actor Aamir Khan, who has suddenly jumped onto the Narmada Bachao Andolan bandwagon. A majority of celebrities join such agitations for publicity and rarely make committed social workers.-Madhu R.D. Singh, Ambala CanttIndecent ProposalsPolitical parties in Tamil Nadu, eager to outdo each other in promising freebies to people, have reduced the entire election process to a tamasha (“Mounting a Challenge”, May 1). It is a mockery of democracy and an open attempt to buy voters. I wonder why the Election Commission is not taking notice of all this.-Rajesh Kumar, BhopalTwo MuchWhom is BJP President Rajnath Singh trying to fool by saying that both Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani are the party’s candidates (“Seedhi Baat”, May 1)? Vajpayee has practically retired but the BJP is still defensive about projecting Advani as his successor.-Poonam Mallick, NoidaDubious DealIn hindsight, the euphoria in India over the nuclear deal clinched with the US appears misplaced (“Nuclear Turbulence”, May 1). By inserting a clause on ending nuclear co-operation with Delhi in case it detonates a nuclear device, the US is forcing India to compromise on its nuclear doctrine. It seems American President George W. Bush made some hasty promises to get India on his side on the Iran issue.-Roshni, ErnakulamChickening OutThe cases of suicide by poultry farmers once again bring into focus the callous attitude of the Government (“Industry in Peril”, May 1). Why didn’t the Government come up with a long-term strategy to provide financial support to small-scale poultry firms? Merely requesting the banks to loosen their purse strings is not enough. The plight of poultry farmers is not very different from that of other farmers all over the country who are being exploited by moneylenders as their incomes have stagnated and the cost of inputs in agriculture has risen.-Tara Bhaumik, PuneMiles to GoIt is true that educated urban women have established themselves in all spheres of the economy, but there is still a long way to go (“Mistress of Choices”, April 24). According to the Human Development Report, 2005, in the year 2003, for every 100 men only 50 women took part in economic activity in India. Many companies are reluctant to recruit women on the grounds that they cannot work the long hours that men can.-Srabani Ghosh, KolkataThe article is about a minuscule of urban women. What about several selfhelp groups of women doing exemplary work?-K.L.R. Prabhu, UdupiWhither Art?There is absolute madness in the art world (“The Great Indian Art Sale”, April 17). It is the signature on the canvas, and not the content, that dictates the price. Then there are galleries, agents, media and auction houses which influence the trends. They are doing in the art world what the likes of Harshad Mehta did in the share market. Tyeb Mehta’s Mahishasura, which looks more like the handiwork of a 10-year-old child, makes one wonder at the astronomical price it commands. I am sure if I do a painting and get it signed by M.F. Husain or Mehta, it will easily sell for at least a couple of crores. WING COMMANDER (RETD)-Ravi Bedi, JodhpurDifferent StrokesThe writer laments the fact that Amrita Sher-Gil was content with her “rather academic” works being accepted at the “long pass salons” of Paris (“Passion Child of Indian Art”, March 27). Maybe Sher-Gil rejected the cubism of Picasso just like Picasso rejected the abstract. Maybe her sensibilities were more Indian than European and she adhered to the academic style that later helped her explore Indian subjects and establish its own identity. In fact, this uniqueness fired the imagination of a whole generation of Indian artists who were struggling to break out of the shackles of the European academic style.-Pronab Kumar Baruah, on e-mailSpare a ThoughtThe world is trying to reduce the use of plastic, which is not environment friendly, whereas you have started packing the magazine in plastic covers. Please use biodegradable paper covers instead.-P.A. Suryawanshi, GoaP.V. Narsimha RaoFact And FictionNo amount of excuses can absolve P.V. Narasimha Rao of the charge of refraining from doing anything to prevent the demolition of the Babri Masjid (“It Was a No-Win Situation”, May 1). The Centre knew about the dangerous design behind the temple agitation, but overlooked it.Shiv Shanker Almal, KolkataRao has unmasked the BJP and other right-wing outfits. For them no price is too high to pay for power.Vikram Rastogi, DelhiRao forgot that the Babri Masjid issue was revived by Rajiv Gandhi by opening the disputed premises.C.M. Pershad, Secunderabadadvertisementadvertisement
Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ Mixed feelings for Kevin after losing to dad Louie in PBA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’re a young team. We’re a new team, and we gotta learn to play with each other still. We have five rookies, four new players, and a new coach, so we’re gonna just look at the positives,” he said.In control for the first three quarters, the Batang Pier lost grip of the game in the fourth frame as the Gin Kings exploded for 36 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We had the lead almost the whole game, up until the end, and we had our spots. We just didn’t close it down the stretch,” he said.“Our lack of team chemistry and our youth showed, but those are things we can improve on, and we will get better on that and we’ll learn to close out games down the stretch. We just got to learn quicker.” LATEST STORIES The defeat spoiled Anthony’s third-highest scoring output in the PBA with 29 points as GlobalPort continued its search for its first win of the new season.Still, the hardworking forward is seeing signs of progress.”We’re growing and we’re getting better as a team.”“I think we went from 20-plus turnovers in the last game to 13 turnovers this game, so we’re cleaning it up, having more assists, shooting better percentages. Now it’s learning to play team defense down the stretch and limiting our mental turnovers,” he said. “Ginebra is such a smart team and a veteran team. They capitalized on our mental mistakes, and that’s something we’ll learn and get better from.”The Batang Pier seek to end their misery on Friday against Rain or Shine.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCharge it to experience.Sean Anthony opted to look at the positives rather than dwell on the negatives following GlobalPort’s 97-104 defeat to Ginebra on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Kolkata Knight Riders will look to confirm their play-offs berth when they take on table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in a must-win Indian Premier League match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad.KKR are placed third in the points table with seven wins in 13 outings. The Dinesh Karthik-led side will have to win to finish at least third while a defeat may hamper their chances of a top-four finish.On the other hand, SRH, who have suffered defeats in their previous two matches, will look to return to the winning ways ahead of the play-offs.Qualifier 1 – SRH vs CSKEliminator – KKR vs RRAlong with SRH, second-placed Chennai Super Kings are already in the play-offs.SRH will come into the clash on the back of a 14-run defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore in a high-scoring match on Thursday night.What time is SRH vs KKR?The game starts at 8 PM IST on May 19 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.What TV channel and live stream is the IPL 2018 Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports Select 1 SD, Star Sports Select 1 HD (English), Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD (Hindi), Star Sports 1 Tamil (Tamil), Suvarna Plus (Kannada), Jalsha Movies (Bengali), Maa Movies (Telegu). Live streaming will be available on hotstar.com.When is the IPL match Sunrisers Hyerabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders?The 54th match of the IPL will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad from 8 PM IST.Where will the IPL 2018 match between Sunrisers Hyerabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders be played?advertisementThe Sunrisers Hyerabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders match will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2018 match between Sunrisers Hyerabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2018 match between Sunrisers Hyerabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between Sunrisers Hyerabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders from our live blog on indiatoday.in.How to watch IPL 2018 match between Sunrisers Hyerabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders on Airtel TV and JioTV Apps?You have to download the applications and sign in and you can watch the matches for free.What are the team squads for the IPL 2018 match between Sunrisers Hyerabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders?Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Alex Hales, Kane Williamson (C), Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Shreevats Goswami (WK), Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Mohammad Nabi, Carlos Brathwaite, Ricky Bhui, T Natarajan, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Tanmay Agarwal, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi HasanKolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (WK/C), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi, Javon Searles, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav, Rinku Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Vinay Kumar, Ishank Jaggi, Apoorv Wankhade, Cameron Delport
Until 2012, Indonesia did not formally recognize the existence of its indigenous peoples. Its 1999 Forestry Law effectively allowed the government to convert adat or customary forests into state forests. Once within state jurisdiction, forests could be converted into private concessions. Thirty percent of Indonesia’s territories have been handed over to private companies as concessions, with many of them overlapping with indigenous lands.Since then, Indonesia has undergone significant reform and is moving in the right direction in terms of recognizing customary land rights. However, such efforts are beset by challenges, the most recent of which was the Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s decision to postpone the formation of a task force to protect indigenous peoples’ customary land rights.Here are three ways Indonesia can strengthen land rights for indigenous peoples and local communities that will also benefit the government, businesses and the environment.1. Form the long-awaited task force and ratify legislation acknowledging indigenous land rightsPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo must fulfill his commitment to form a task force that will protect customary land rights. Establishing this task force would signal the government’s seriousness about tackling this issue.The task force is an important step towards ratifying the Indigenous People’s Rights Acknowledgment and Protection Bill (PPMHA), which would define indigenous communities and set up procedures to settle customary land disputes. The measure was labeled a priority for 2014 but was not enacted. Since then, President “Jokowi” has reiterated his commitment to ratify the bill. Such a decision would follow the landmark 2013 Constitutional Court ruling recognizing indigenous peoples’ lands as no longer being a part of state forests. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry recently announced that it will redistribute 12.7 million hectares (about 31 million acres) of concessions and state forests as village, community and partnership forests in the next four years. This redistribution is another good move, but must be accompanied by effective implementation. According to Indigenous People’s Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), indigenous lands cover between 40 and 70 million hectares (between 99 and 173 million acres) in Indonesia.2. Leverage collaboration with actors involved in sustainable palm oilStrengthening customary land rights and sustainable palm oil are compatible goals with overlapping objectives and should be addressed collaboratively.As the largest palm oil producer in the world, Indonesia has made progress in working with businesses to move towards zero-deforestation palm oil. President “Jokowi” recently extended a moratorium on issuing new conversion permits for primary forest and peatlands, putting the total land covered by the moratorium at just over 65 million hectares (160 million acres). Indonesia has also initiated the Indonesia Palm Oil Pledge (IPOP), a partnership between the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) and palm oil companies to improve sustainability and make palm oil deforestation-free. This follows efforts by many major palm oil companies to sign on to a zero-deforestation pledge; these companies cover 96 percent of global palm oil production.However, both the government and businesses should give greater emphasis to secure customary land rights as a strategy to achieve zero-deforestation palm oil. There is growing literature on the link between community-owned forests and reduced deforestation. WRI’s 2014 report, Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change, found that legal land and forest rights for communities and government protection of their rights tend to lower deforestation and carbon dioxide emissions.In addition, conflicts over land ownership may result in unexpected legal and material costs for businesses and the government. Analysis by The Munden Project shows that companies that ignore land tenure rights expose themselves to potentially catastrophic financial risks. Conflict with local communities can also result in lost productivity and opportunity costs that are irreversible, according to a Harvard Kennedy school report.3. Prepare and release better geospatial dataAny legislation that aims to protect indigenous and community land rights or foster business-government partnership to prioritize community land rights as part of sustainable palm oil will need more geospatial information in order for them to be implemented effectively.AMAN recently provided 604 customary land maps to the director-general for social forests in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. These maps cover a total of 6.8 million hectares (17 million acres) and is a promising early sign of collaboration between AMAN and the ministry. Indonesia’s One Map Initiative, unveiled by the National Data Spatial Infrastructure (NDSI) in 2014 aims to resolve disputes over overlapping land use permits. But that initiative only included some 4.8 million hectares (12 million acres) of indigenous lands, a fragment of Indonesia’s estimated total. Such a map or database needs more maps of customary lands and state forests to seriously represent indigenous peoples’ rights.Secure Customary Land Rights Benefits Local Peoples, Environment and BusinessIf these three steps are implemented, we can end up with stronger land tenure rights for local peoples, reduced deforestation and carbon emissions, lower cost risks for businesses and better management of Indonesia’s state forests. That way, indigenous peoples and local communities stand to benefit in a way that is also favorable for the government, businesses and the environment.