IPA Lombok Committee
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.