September – November 2016
Criminalization of Indigenous Peoples persists as a major challenge facing Indigenous communities in Indonesia. To address the issue, HAK Foundation, with support from the SRM, capitalized on a dialogue between Indonesian civil society and security forces. The foundation conducted training sessions for over 40 members of police and security agencies on human rights, alternative dispute resolution, and the legitimate claims of communities over their lands and natural resources. These efforts were the first of their kind and engaged security units on how they interact with local communities. After these training sessions, police leadership requested an expansion of the program to other provinces prone to conflict.