IPA officially launch International Campaign : Advancing Peoples Movement For Sovereignty and Trade To Serve The Peoples!

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Denpasar (22/3) Bali- Broad alliance of progressive mass organizations and civil society organizations in Indonesia called Indonesian Peoples Alliance (IPA) is calling mass organizations and international network of social movement in the world to campaign for peoples sovereignty and trade to serve the peoples to counter trade liberalization agendas that will be bring in APEC Summit and 9th WTO Ministerial on December 2013 in Bali, Indonesia. Abed Nego Tarigan from Walhi (Indonesian Enviromental Forum-member of IPA) said liberalization didnt give benefit for the peoples and should be stopped in order to defend peoples livelihood in third world countries.

 “trade liberalization, that are been believed by the decision makers in WTO, need to be stopped, because its destroying the national capacity of third world countries. We need a new course, an alternative trade regime that could serve the peoples not to the monopoly capitalism and first world countries” said Abed Nego Tarigan in his opening remark at International Launching of Indonesian Peoples Alliance (22/3)

IPA International Launching is serve as first remark for international campaign in 2013. Various international networks are attending and giving their solidarity messages and join in IPA campaign, several international delegation that was attend this launching are Our World is Not For Sale (OWINFS), International Women Alliance (IWA), International Leagues of Peoples Struggle (ILPS), International Anti Imperialist Coordinating Committee (IACC), Asian Peasant Coalition (APC), IBON International and International Migrant Alliance (IMA). Deborah James from OWINFS said it is important for mass organizations in Indonesia and International to join their forces to put decisive interventions in order to stop trade liberalization agenda in the up coming ministerial. While Len Cooper from ILPS said WTO meeting this year is expressing that monopoly capitalism will used every means to recover from their own multiple crisis, one of them is WTO.

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IPA International Launching is not only talking about WTO, in its program, IPA also see that global partnership for development that are being kept as driven forces of development on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is another tricky move by first world country to penetrate their foreign capital in the third world countries. UN High Level Panel on the Post 2015 Development Agenda that will set a roadmap of development agenda post 2015 need to be exposed. Several sectoral leader from trade unions like Federation of Independent Trade Union (Gabungan Serikat Buruh Indonesia-GSBI/IPA member) and Konfederasi Serikat Buruh Sejahtera Indonesia-KSBSI (ITUC/IPA members) said we are doubted every progress report of government about MDGs application, especially on the poverty reduction goals.

we do not believe that Indonesia Government is reported that poverty reduction program in Indonesia is success. It is impossible, because until today there no national minimum decent wage, further more the application of new provisional minimum wage still not been applied, at least there are not less then 142 company are postpone the application, ironically the government is agreed with them, cheap labor politics is become the sole from every regulation worker related in this country that resulted 70 percent of Indonesia productive forces in outsourcing and contractual workers” Rudy HB Daman, in his speech in the public forum of IPA.

Rudy statement is being supported by Andy from KSBSI, that is said cheap labor politic, outsourcing and contractual workers, union busting is become pillars of labor market flexibility framework of monopoly capitalism.

Peasant groups in IPA, are saying that Indonesia national capacity its been grinding by WTO, especially on agriculture sector. Trade liberalization has made Indonesia need to cut their agriculture subsidies while in the same time government obliged to do import on agriculture commodities.

Peasantry in third world countries are being attacked by WTO, rather applied genuine agrarian reform program that could boost national capacity, government is trapped him self in WTO. Could you imagine the price of garlic recently is 10 USD/kilo? This crazy, Indonesia is a vast and majestic country, we do have capacity for such garlic, why we need to import it, with such kind of practice, countries like Indonesia is threaten their food sovereignty.” said rahmat, general secretary of Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA-National Peasant organization/IPA members) from the venue of International Fact Finding Mission in Bulukumba, South Sulawesi.

More actual case related to APEC Summit, Ngurah Karyadi from KPA-Bali (IPA-Bali Committee) said not only in trade issues, international events like these had impact to peoples live, more than 150 peasantry families in Jimbaran, will be displace from their land, since the Indonesia government would like to use 250 Ha from peasantry crop land for establish facilities and venue for APEC Summit 21013.

That lands is already been worked by peasantry since long time ago, its value, is already more than production means, but its already become their life it self, separating them from their land, it is same with killing them. They have right on their land. Land grabbing and monopoly need to be stopped!”

Indonesian Peoples Alliance (IPA) vision is to realize trade to serve the peoples and up hold national sovereignty. The current trade regime need to be ended. Multiple crisis that are happen recently is an objective proof that an alternative trade regime is needed, where trade liberalization should be put as history, and a new course of international relation on development that are been put in sovereignty and mutual benefit become genuine practice of international solidarity.

On December 2013, IPA will organize Peoples Global Camp (PGC), that will become platform of vast initiatives on Bali during the ministerial. Various activities will hosted by PGC, and will be relayed to Global Peoples Conference as venue to various organization and network will be sum up in peoples declaration that will stated I Global Day of Action for Sovereignty and Trade to serve the peoples.

We are welcome every initiative, networks and campaign in Peoples Global Camp, PGC is being organized to serve and facilitated peoples movement that would like to respond WTO ministerial in this up coming December.” said Ahmad SH from IPA secretariat.

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Indonesia Peoples Alliance (IPA)

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Walhi (Indonesian Environmental Forum/Friends of the Earth-Indonesia), Solidaritas Perempuan (Women Solidarity for Human Right), Gabungan Serikat Buruh Independen (Federation of Independent Trade Union), Persatuan Pers Mahasiswa Indonesia ( Indonesian Student Press Association), Pengurus Besar Pergerakan Mahasiswa Islam Indonesia (Indonesian Islamic Student Movement), Front Mahasiswa Nasional (National Student Front), Lembaga Informasi Perburuhan Sedane (research group on workers issues), Lembaga Kajian untuk Studi Demokrasi dan Nasional (Institute for National and Democracy Studies), Serikat Pekerja Percetakan Penerbitan Media Informasi-SPSI (Printing Publishing Information Media Trade Union-SPSI), Gerakan Pemuda Patriotik Indonesia (Indonesia Patriotic Youth Movement), Serikat Buruh Migran Indonesia (Indonesian Migrant Workers Trade Union), Asosiasi Tenaga Kerja Indonesia (Association of Indonesian Migrant Workers Union), Gerakan Rakyat Indonesia (Indonesian Peoples Movement), Aksi (women groups), Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (Alliance of Agrarian Reform Movement-peasant national organization), Sawit Watch (NGO working on Palm Oil issues), PBHI Jakarta (Human Rights NGO), KPSHK (NGO working on forestry issues), SPKS (Palm Oil Workers Union), Gerakan Mahasiswa Kristen Indonesia (Indonesian Christian Student Movement), ADRA Indonesia (Adventist Organization), Yakkum (NGO working on Health issues), Konfederasi Serikat Buruh Sejahtera Indonesia (Trade Union), RAG (research group on globalization), Fatayat NU (Women Groups), Yayasan Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Indonesia (Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation)

IPA in West Nusa Tenggara

Koslata (ngos), Santai (rural youth group), Front Mahasiswa Nasional-Mataram (student group), Solidaritas Perempuan-Mataram (women group), Pilar Seni (cultural student group), Serikat Petani Indonesia-Wilayah NTB (peasant group), Serikat Tani Nasional-NTB (peasant group), Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nasional-NTB, (indigenous peoples group), FSPMS-NTB, (student groups), KP-Serikat Pemuda Merdeka (youth group), Media Universitas Mataram (student press group), PENA kampus (student press groups), GMNI-NTB (student group), PMII-NTB (student group), PMKRI-NTB (student group), Front Mahasiswa Lombok Barat (student group), Persatuan Alumni Darul Istiqomah (PADI) Lombok Timur (alumni group), Himpunan Pelajar Mahasiswa Islam (HIPMI) Lombok Timur (student group), PEDULI Lombok Timur, Walhi-NTB Chapter (enviromentalist group), LMND-Mataram (student groups), PRD-NTB (political party), JMS Lombok Timur (CSO’ networks), LARD, Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia-NTB (women groups)

IPA in Bali

Frontier (Student organization-Bali based organization), Walhi Bali (Walhi Bali Chapter), Bali Fokus (Enviromental group Bali based organization), LIMAS Bali (NGO based on Bali), Front Mahasiswa Nasional-Denpasar (Student organization), LBH APIK-Bali (women advocacy group), JIKA (advocacy group), LBH-Denpasar (Legal aid org)

International Committee

Our World Is Not For Sale (OWINFS), International League of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS), International Anti-Imperialist Coordinating Committee (IACC), IBON International, International Women Alliance (IWA), Asian Peasant Coalition (APC), International Migrant Alliance (IMA)

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IPA Press Release: Indonesia need new direction for development!

Indonesia Peoples Alliance (IPA)

 

Press Release

 

 

Indonesia butuh arah baru dalam pembangunan!

 

Pada pekan terakhir Maret 2013, Indonesia akan menjadi tuan rumah bagi High Level Panel (HLP) of Post2015 Development Goals. Selain itu, di tahun ini ada pula kegiatan APEC Summit dan 9thMinisterial Meeting. HLP dimaksudkan untuk menyusun roadmap baru bagi agenda pembangunan dunia pascaberakhirnya Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). Di Indonesia, organisasi-organisasi massa yang berhimpun dalam aliansi luas yaitu Indonesian Peoples Alliance (IPA) akan menyikapi pertemuan tersebut dalam rangkaian kegiatan IPA. IPA juga akan merespon APEC Summit dan 9th WTO Ministerial Meeting.

 

Ditengah semakin dekatnya batas akhir MDGs, penyelenggaraan HLP Post 2015 Development Goals pemerintah berusaha memberikan impresi positif kepada khayalak dunia terkait pencapaian-pencapaian MDGs. Ario Adityo dari Institute for National and Democracy Studies, menilai sikap positif ini merupakan pelecehan terhadap rakyat dunia, karena yang sesungguhnya terjadi dari implementasi MDGs disetiap negeri, terutama Dunia Ketiga berhenti pada gejala-gejala. Implementasi tersebut jauh dari akar persoalan yang menjadi sebab program-program yang dirumuskan dalam MDGs..

 

Saya membayangkan bahwa pimpinan dunia hari ini telah secara diam-diam bersepakat bahwa MDGs telah dicapai secara signifikan melalui program-program karitatifnya.Padahal diperlukan sebuah roadmap baru bagi agenda pembangunan pasca2015. Karena optimisme mereka ini berkebalikan dengan laporan Sekjen PBB terkait MDGs, yang menyatakan bahwa pelaksanaan dan pencapaian MDGs adalah mixed. Laporan tersebut justru memperlihatkan bahwa perumusan MDGs memang hanya pada gejala, belum menyasar pada akar masalahnya.Jadi, sesungguhnya MDGs tidak lebih dari sebuah institusionalisasi pelecehan terhadap rakyat oleh pemerintahnya melalui program-program karitatif.

 

Perlu ada evaluasi serius terhadap metode yang dipakai dalam pelaksanaan MDGs yaitu Global Partnership for Development. Hal ini pada praktiknya justru muncul sebagai usaha untuk memperkuat hubungan dependensi antara Dunia Pertama dan Dunia Ketiga, yang kental dengan kolonialisasi. Syarif Arifin dari LIPS (Lembaga Informasi Perburuhan Sedane) mengatakan bahwa metode yang dipakai dalam pelaksanaan MDGs justru melegitimasi praktik penghisapan terhadap negeri-negeri Dunia Ketiga

 

Menurut perkiraan PBB, sejak tahun 2000 negara-negara terbelakang telah mengirim sumber daya untuk negara-negara industri pada tingkat rata-rata hampir 500 miliar dolar AS per tahun. Angka tersebut mencapai puncaknya pada 2008 menjadi 891 miliar dolar AS pada 2008. Ini bukan Global Partnership for Development melainkan Global Partnership for Colonialization

 

Global Partnership for Development pelaksanaanya di Indonesia diterjemahkan dalam mega proyek Master Plan Percepatan Pembangunan Ekonomi Indonesia atau MP3EI. Proyek MP3EI adalah salah satu proyek ambisius untuk mengatasi kemiskinan dan mengatasi pengangguran. Proyek ini akan terdiri dari tiga komponen: (i) mengembangkan enam koridor ekonomi (Sumatera, Jawa, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Papua, dan Bali-Nusa Tenggara); (ii) memperkuat konektivitas nasional yang terintegrasi; dan (iii) memperkuat kemampuan SDM dan iptek nasional.

 

Konsep clustering MP3EI dipastikan akan rakus tanah dalam ekspansinya yang dahsyat untuk koridor-koridor yang diorientasikan untuk pengembangan pangan dan energi. Modal besar yang menyokong perkebunan besar kelapa sawit dan karet di Sumatra, kelapa sawit dan perkayuan di Kalimantan dan juga pembangunan food estate di Papua, dipastikan akan menyisihkan banyak orang dari tempat tinggal dan mata pencaharian sebelumnya, sekaligus memaksa masyarakat sekitar menjadi cadangan tenaga kerja di perusahaan-perusahaan asing. Rahmat dari Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria mengatakan bahwa praktik land grabbing ini telah menjadi poros utama dalam pembangunan di Indonesia.

 

Dalam catatan AGRA 2010-2011, land grabbing di sektor perkebunan kayu senantiasa naik sebesar 15% atau 1,6 juta Ha per tahun. Di sektor perkebunan tebu sebesar 500.000 Ha. Di sektor taman nasional 27, 87 juta Ha. Untuk MIFFE 1.1 juta Ha. Data ini belum memasukan di sektor pertambangan, yang juga semakin masif. Inilah sandaran pembangunan di Indonesia, pemiskinan mayoritas rakyat Indonesia yaitu kaum tani”

 

Darto dari Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit menambahkan, bahwa praktik land grabbing disertai dengan kriminalisasi terhadap kaum tani, seperti yang terjadi di sektor perkebunan kelapa sawit.

 

Catatan SPKS tahun 2010, terdapat 148 petani kelapa sawit di tangkap aparat kepolisian dan 1 orang perempuan meninggal tertembak di kebun sawit. Tahun 2011 meningkat lagi menjadi 152 petani di kriminalisasi dan tahun 2012 meningkat lagi menjadi 161 petani sawit yang di kriminalisasi”

 

Pemerintah memberikan keleluasaan dan kemudahan bagi investasi asing untuk merampas tanah rakyat. Tanah tersebut dialihfungsikan menjadi perusahaan-perusahaan manufaktur, pertambangan, dan perkebunan, yang memasok kebutuhan industri-industri maju.

 

Meluasnya land grabbing di pedesaan merupakan faktor utama dari meluasnya pengangguran di kawasan pedesaan. Ditengah kemiskinan tersebut, pemerintah juga memanfaatkan luasnya cadangan tenaga produktif itu dengan penerapan labor export policy, yaitu pengiriman warga negara Indonesia ke luar negeri untuk menjadi buruh migran. Retno dari Asosiasi Tenaga Kerja Indonesia (ATKI-Indonesia) mengatakan pemerintah Indonesia memakai program tersebut untuk membiayai program pembangunan, seperti komitmen pemerintah dalam Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)

 

 

Besarnya peran swasta (Pelaksana Penempatan Tenaga Kerja Indonesia Swasta/PPTKIS) dilegalisasi dalam UU Nomor 39 Tahun 2004 telah memperkuat skema migrasi dengan biaya tinggi yang mengakibatkan buruh migran terjerat utang secara sistematis. Melalui skema ekspor tenaga kerja, setiap tahunnya Indonesia mengekspor lebih dari 800.000 tenaga kerja murah yang mayoritas adalah perempuan-perempuan dari perdesaan. skema migrasi terpaksa ini menghasilkan remitansi lebih dari Rp 100 triliun setiap tahunnya.”

 

Kemiskinan pun melanda kalangan buruh di berbagai sektor. Di buruh manufaktur-formal,  meski terjadi kenaikan pendapatan upah minimum, ancaman kemiskinan muncul akibat tindakan permisif pemerintah dalam menangguhkan upah, berbagai pungutan pajak dan meningkatnya harga barang dan jasa. Akibatnya, pendapatan buruh manufaktur-formal hanya memenuhi 42 persen kebutuhan hidup buruh. Di kalangan buruh nelayan, buruh tani, dan buruh pertambangan keadaannya lebih parah. Mereka di upah di bawah upah minimum dan bekerja lebih dari 8 jam kerja dengan ancaman pemecatan sepihak. Rudy HB Daman, dari Gabungan Serikat Buruh Independen mengatakan, bahwa kemiskinan yang dialami oleh kaum buruh, merupakan situasi yang dikondisikan untuk menjaga tingkat upah serta suplai buruh murah. Buruh-buruh di Indonesia menghadapi ketidakpastian pendapatan dan kehancuran masa depan pekerjaan. Per 2012, hampir 70 industri di Indonesia mempekerjakan buruh kontrak jangka pendek, yang direkrut langsung maupun melalui agen outsourcing.

 

Praktik outsourcing dan buruh kontrak merupakan elemen dasar dari fleksibilitas pasar tenaga kerja yang memang dijadikan proses akumulasi super profit dari industri-industri di Indonesia yang bergantung terhadap modal asing, dan ini difasilitasi oleh pemerintahan Indonesia

 

Abet Nego Tarigan dari Walhi Eksekutif Nasional Walhi menyatakan bahwa MP3EI adalah mega proyek ambisius pemerintah atas nama kemiskinan dan mengatasi pengangguran. Yang justru terjadi adalah memperluas eksploitasi sumberdaya alam dan mengancam keberlanjutan ekologis kawansan. Dimana rakyat Indonesia akan menjadi korban. “Proposal MP3EI yang didagangkan SBY keluar negeri berpotensi kehilangan sumberdaya alam bagi kemakmuran rakyat, dan hanya akan memenuhi segelintir elit kuasa modal dan elit politik di dalam negeri dan justru memperluas ekspansi kapitalis monopoli menjarah kekayaan alam Indonesia” imbuhnya.

 

Sikap IPA

Arah pembangunan yang disetir oleh negara-negara maju diduga kuat merupakan ‘neo-politik etis’ untuk memaksimalkan program privatisasi, liberalisasi, dan deregulasi sistem perekonomian negeri Dunia Ketiga. Hal ini sejalan dengan skema perdagangan bebas yang sedang didesakkan oleh World Trade Organization (WTO) dan juga formasi-formasi kerjasama internasional dan regional seperti Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation(APEC) dan berbagai kerjasama bilateral. Semua kerjasama tersebut menempatkan negeri Dunia Ketiga sebagai penopang krisis negara-negara maju. Setiap rakyat miskin di Dunia Ketiga, termasuk Indonesia sedang dipaksa menalangi krisis yang sedang dialami oleh perusahaan-perusahaan raksasa di dunia.

 

Implementasi MDGs selama ini harus menjadi catatan kritis dalam usaha formulasi pembuatan agenda pembangunan pasca-2015, setidaknya haruslah disandarkan pada kedaulatan guna terbebasnya kerjasama global dari relasi kolonial dan neokolonial. Untuk itu, penting untuk mengubah paradigma pembangunan yang dipakai dalam formulasi MDGs. Paradigma pembangunan yang bersandarkan pada bantuan dan perdagangan harus ditinggalkan, dan diganti dengan program-program demokratis nasional. Menjalankan reforma agraria yang didasarkan pada kehendak masyarakat tani merupakan jalan utama untuk dijadikan dasar bagi pembanguan industri nasional yang kuat. Pembiayaan sosial dapat diperoleh dari pajak transaksi finansial, yang selama ini dianulir karena perlombaan untuk menjadi negara tax haven, guna menarik investasi. Pasar dalam negeri pun akan tetap tumbu subur dengan meningkatkan upah dan mengontrol harga-harga kebutuhan dasar.

 

Pembangunan yang berorientasi ekspor dan menarik investasi asing, sudah berulangkali gagal. Sebagai gantinya pembukaan keran investasi asing harus disertai dengan beberapa kewajiban, seperti, transfer teknologi, penetapan batas maksimum capital flight, self sufficient oriented market, serta pencegahan kebocoran pajak. Konferensi Asia Afrika 1955 merupakan salah satu pengalaman dapat dijadikan teladan bahwa kerjasama luar negeri dapat dilakukan tanpa saling mendominasi dan menghisap.

 

Pasca-2015, agenda pembangungan dan formulasi setidaknya harus menempatkan tuntutan-tuntutan rakyat yang selama ini diperjuangakan dan menjadi masalah pokok di negeri-negeri Dunia Ketiga. Hal demikian untuk menghindari agar tidak terjebak pada formulasi yang hanya mengidentifikasi masalah-masalah pada tingkat permukaan saja dan melupakan akar masalah dari problem tersebut. Kedaulatan dan dan kerjasama yang saling menguntungkan antarnegeri haruslah menjadi platform bersama yang dapat memandu hubungan internasional di masa depan.

Mass Organizations in Bali are prepared toward International agenda 2013 in their island!

IMG_3009Denpasar (14/03) Bali, continuing mass organization and CSOs consolidation in Lombok (11/03)to respond 2013 International agenda, broad student goups and ngos take active participation on public seminar that been organized by Indonesian Peoples Alliance. Peasant org, trade union, women org, and student group in Bali become speakers in this public seminar about WTO impact on peoples livelihood.

Recently indigenous peoples of Bali will be evicted from their land by Indonesian government to secure venue for APEC Summit this year. Ngurah Karyadi from Agrarian Reform Consorsium in Bali said, this thing proved that peoples will do not get benefit from Indonesia involvement in such international formation

“peoples not only suffered from the liberalization policy, their land also being grabbed for venue to hold such expensive international event like APEC summit”

Dr. I Wayan Gede Wiryawan, academician that engage with worker movement said trade liberalization that been driven by WTO is already make industrial relation in third world countries like Indonesia cant fulfill justice for workers

“agreement in WTO is forcing its members to make adjustment in their national regulation toward liberalization scheme, this scheme is cant give justice to workers since laws are created to facilitate investment not to create situation where decent work can be fulfilled, respect and promote”

On women issues the impact of trade liberalization also drive violence on women, Ni Nengah Budawati from LBH APIK-Denpasar said poverty that become result of unjust policies as breakdown of liberalization scheme is make women become more vulnerable

“violation on women rights also been driven by such policies, women didnt recognize in such situation, we could see these violations from what happen to Indonesian migrant workers abroad, where majority of them are women”

Haerul Umam from National Student Front-Denpasar said liberalization on education is already made student lost their orientation as future generation that should be serve the peoples.

“Since education in country like Indonesia where have been dominated by monopoly capitalism, education is being frame to serve business not to serve the peoples, students are being frame to fulfill their academic, with false promise that job will come soon after graduation, while the reality that we can see, here, in Indonesia, most of the under graduate student is become unemployment, and if they work, is not related with their studies in university”

Organizations that participated in this public seminar, will hold meeting to prepare activities in Bali in order to respond 2013 International agenda that will be held on their island. These 14 organizations are as follows: GMNI-Denpasar, BEM PM Universitas Udayana, KMHDI, FSPM-Bali, PADI, BEM FH Universitas Maha Saraswati, LPM Garis UNHI, JIKA, Front Mahasiswa Nasional-Bali, IM3-Denpasar, LBH APIK-Bali, HMPS Ilmu Politik, PMKRI-Denpasar, HMPE Universitas Udayana.

Movement for Sovereignty and Trade to Serve the Peoples is growing toward IPA International Launching!

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Mataram (11/03) West Nusa Tenggara, 28 civil society organizations gathered in Mataram to respond 2013 International agenda in Indonesia (High Level Panel on The Post 2015 Development Agenda, APEC Summit, 9th WTO Ministerial Meeting). They are discuss various issues, especially on the WTO impact to peoples livelihood. Student, youth, women, indigenous peoples, peasant, environmentalist groups said that WTO is do not give benefit to the peoples, what WTO do is exploit peoples in third world countries. Ale Usman from Walhi West Nusa Tenggara Chapter said that to respond these agendas is important to strengthen peoples movement for sovereignty and trade to serve the peoples

“These international agenda is using capital as their driven force to capture third world countries, and put them to serve as raw materials, cheap labor and vast market to gain super profit amid the global crisis, where the burden being put in the peoples shoulders by their government”

Badarudin from National Student Front-Mataram, said WTO with their liberalization scheme is already prevent right to education of the peoples. He said, in Indonesia the scheme is already succesfully being stopped by the student movement when Constitutional Court is decided to revoke the law that stated academic institution should be privatize (UU BHMN). But now government still insist to privatize by applying High Level Education Law (UU PT)

“we knew education in Indonesia is being threatened by this liberalization scheme, the impact is very severe, peoples rights to have education is being prevented by government through UU PT, with this education fee is getting higher, for example for education fee in Mataram is increase from 600.000 rupiah in 2011 and in 2012 become 900.000-1,000,000 rupiah. With this increase, access to education in Mataram is reduced as 30%, since majority West Nusa Tenggara Peoples are peasantry.

In women sector, Lia from Solidaritas Perempuan-Mataram said, WTO scheme in agriculture is marginalizing womens. Regulations that has been made by Indonesian government such as Law on Food, not only hurting the peasantry but denied women role in agriculture.

“women role in agriculture is already become daily practice in Indonesia, through local wisdom, and active participation of women in production is could serve as one of the factor to up hold food sovereignty, but Law on Food, is denied this, while we know such law is a breakdown from liberalization scheme that are coming from WTO agreement such as AoA”

This discussion is being wrap up with a conclusion that mass organization and civil society forces in West Nusa Tenggara will take active participation to respond these International agenda. These 28 mass organizations are forming Indonesian Peoples Alliance-Lombok committee, as their alliance and coordinate with Indonesia Peoples Alliance-National Secretariat in Jakarta. These 28 organizations are as follow: Koslata, Santai, Front Mahasiswa Nasional-Mataram, Solidaritas Perempuan-Mataram, Pilar Seni, Serikat Petani Indonesia-Wilayah NTB, Serikat Tani Nasional-NTB, Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nasional-NTB, FSPMS-NTB, Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia-NTB, KP-Serikat Pemuda Merdeka, Media Universitas Mataram, PENA kampus, GMNI-NTB, PMII-NTB, PMKRI-NTB, Front Mahasiswa Lombok Barat, Persatuan Alumni Darul Istiqomah (PADI) Lombok Timur, Himpunan Pelajar Mahasiswa Islam (HIPMI) Lombok Timur, PEDULI Lombok Timur, Walhi-NTB Chapter, LMND-Mataram, PRD-NTB, JMS Lombok Timur, LARD

IPA International Launch

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IPA has decided to hold the international launch of the IPA and anti-trade liberalization campaign in Bali on March 22, 2013 in order to take advantage of the global gathering of state officials and civil society groups from all over the world who will be attending the events related to the HLP meeting on March 24-27, 2013.

Objectives of the Activity:
1. To raise the profile of the Indonesia Peoples’ Alliance in the Indonesia public and the international community;
2. To inform civil society groups and the public about the issues at stake in the coming WTO Summit;
3. To discuss the implications of the WTO Summit agenda on the lives of the Indonesian people and the people of other countries; and
4. To promote peoples’ local and international solidarity, and establish coordination for the anti-trade liberalization campaign up to December 2013 and beyond.

Forms of action
The solidarity launch will be mainly an education-information campaign to inspire the Indonesian public of the significance of building the peoples’ movement as a response to address peoples’ issues and concerns.

The one day series of activities on March 22 is part the process to organize and broaden the reach of the Indonesian Peoples’ Alliance.

Venue: Wisma Bima, Kuta, Bali
Time : 0900-1700 WITA
Activities: Public Forum on WTO Impact on Peoples Livelihood and Press Conference