I am a Zero Waste consultant in Loomis, California
), on the Planning Group of the Zero Waste International Alliance
the Executive Committee of the Global Recycling Council of the CA
Resource Recovery Association
http://www.crra.com/grc/index.html), and a Zero Waste Advisor to the
GrassRoots Recycling Network
(www.grrn.org) in the
I was outraged this morning to open my email to find that several of the
leaders of the Zero Waste movement globally have been jailed in
Indonesia. This is the first time I know of in the Zero Waste
movement worldwide where our leaders have been jailed.
In reviewing the details that have been provided to us below, it
appears that there are no charges filed, and it's questionable what
charges would be possible in an open, civilized society.
I urge you to investigate this incident immediately and arrange for
the release of these Zero Waste leaders.
Sun, 2 Dec 2007 14:09:20 -0500 (EST)
Urgent: Please take action for the immediate and unconditional release
colleagues and friends Gigie, Neil, Shibu, Yuyun and Roni from the
Indonesian police department where they are being detained after
part in a local protest against incineration and for climate
Please demand that their human rights are fully restored and that they
permitted to travel to Bali. The details are below:
We write to request GAIA members and friends across the globe to seek
immediate and unconditional release of the following GAIA activists
are currently being detained in Bandung, Indonesia:
1. Gigie Cruz, GAIA, Philippines
2. Neil Tangri, GAIA, USA
3. Shibu Nair, Thanal, India
4. Yuyun Ismawati, Balifokus, Indonesia
5. Roni Tabroni, People's Alliance against Waste-to Energy (WTE)
(please see their brief profiles below)
Gigie, Neil and Shibu arrived in Indonesia last Saturday, 1 December,
campaign for "Zero Waste for Zero Warming" at the UN Framework
Change Conference that will take place in Bali on 3-14 December.
Balifokus, Jala-Sampah (Garbage Network) and GAIA are planning to
a civil society forum tomorrow on waste and climate.
Before heading to Bali, Gigie, Neil and Shibu traveled first to
City to take part in a community people's assembly against a
incinerator. This event was organized by several environmental
campaigning for climate justice. The activity, which drew the
support of over 2,000 people, also formed part of the GAIA Global Day
Action against Waste and Incineration.
At the rally, Gigie, Neil and Shibu spoke about the ill effects of
incinerating waste, advocated for Zero Waste and conveyed their
with the local campaign against incineration and for environmental
and justice. They did not attack the Indonesian government in
statements before the assembly. After their well-applauded speeches,
police accosted them, together with our Indonesian colleagues Yuyun
Roni, and brought them to the police station where they underwent
interrogation. The police also seized their passports. All of them
currently detained in a police station in Jalan Jaya (or Jaya Street)
There are no formal charges yet against Gigie, Neil and Shibu, but
is an expressed threat of deportation if our Indonesian friends do
succeed in persuading the authorities to set them free and let them fly
Bali for the UNFCC events. We are unaware of the charges against
and Roni, both of whom are Indonesian citizens.
TAKE ACTION: We call on you to please register your concern and
for the immediate and unconditional release of Gigie, Neil, Shibu,
and Roni, so that their human rights are fully restored and that they
permitted to travel to Bali.
1. Please CALL/FAX the Indonesian Embassy / Consulate in your
2. Please CALL/FAX the Bandung Police Department (+6222-4204666,
affairs unit) and the Bandung Immigration Department
3. Please E-MAIL Mr. Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary, UNFCC
Terima kasih banyak-banyak (Thank you very much) for your immediate
Manny C. Calonzo
Unit 330, Eagle Court, Quezon City, Philippines
1. Gigie Cruz, our assistant coordinator, has been working with
since 2001 in various capacities, including membership, campaign and
information support. Her most recent task was to coordinate last
Global Day of Action against Waste and Incineration.
2. Neil Tangri is one of GAIA's esteemed founders. He wrote
report "Waste Incineration: A Dying Technology." He recently
to coordinate our work on waste-to-energy and climate change)
3. Shibu Nair was part of the 3-person team from the global south
went to California for GAIA's first Zero Waste fellowship. He
closely with Jayan, a GAIA Steering Committee member from India.
was part of the Thanal team who hosted the Waste Not Asia Meeting held
January 2007 in Trivandrum, Kerala
4. Yuyun Ismawati is Executive Director of Balifokus and a GAIA
for many years. She attended the GAIA Global Meeting in Spain
September 2007, where she played a very active role in the members'
deliberation on the funding of waste disposal technologies under the
of the Kyoto Protocol. Yuyun sits in the national advisory
5. Roni Tabroni is from the People's Alliance against WTE Plant,
the groups formed to question and resist a planned WTE facility in
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