The government of Indonesia is planning to build a
military base (KODIM 1810) in the rural area of Tambrauw
West Papua without consultation or permission from the
Indigenous landowners who call this land their home. To
stop its development, local activists are launching a
comprehensive advocacy campaign and they need our help.
The Tambrauw Indigenous Community residents live in
safety and peace. There has never been an armed
resistance, no armed groups nor any major conflicts have
disturbed the peace in Tambrauw. More than 90% of the
people are traditional farmers or fishermen who depend
on the environment for their survival.
Construction of a military base does nothing to meet
the growing needs of the community (such as roads,
electricity, schools, and hospitals) and instead will
only increase violence, exploitation of its people, and
devastation of the environment and agriculture.
Additionally, it is believed that the purpose of KODIM
1810 is to protect mining interests in the area and not
for military defense, which is a violation of the rule
So how can you help?
Sign the letter
campaign to send a message to President
Widodo of Indonesia and the Indonesian National Armed
Forces (TNI) to reject the KODIM base!
a donation in support of the Indigenous
community’s advocacy campaign to stop the construction
of the military base on their homeland. With your
support, they will hold a Community Conference that
will bring together Indigenous elders from across the
district to gather and unify opinions of all
indigenous peoples in a common political stance. Due
to the rural and remote locations they live in, there
is a high expense and much coordination of logistics
to gather them in a central location. Their collective
position and response will then be conveyed to the
Indonesian military (TNI), the Regional Government, as
well as the central government in Jakarta, and other
All donations made will be split evenly between the
Tambrauw Indigenous community and World BEYOND War to
fund our work opposing military bases. Specific expenses
for the community include transportation of elders
coming from distributed remote areas, food, printing and
photocopying of materials, rental of a projector and
sound system, and other overhead costs.
close military bases and support these Indigenous
activists by donating in support of our $10,000
And then share the letter campaign with your
networks to raise awareness of this egregious violation
of the Tambrauw Indigenous people’s land ownership
rights. Act now! Flood the Indonesian government's
inboxes with messages to stop this base.
Alex McAdams, Development Director, World BEYOND War,
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