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[GreenYes] Urgent: Free Zero Waste leaders jailed in Bandung, Indonesia

Mr. Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary, UNFCC Secretariat,

I am a Zero Waste consultant in Loomis, California ( ), on the Planning Group of the Zero Waste International Alliance (, on the Executive Committee of the Global Recycling Council of the CA Resource Recovery Association (, and a Zero Waste Advisor to the GrassRoots Recycling Network ( in the United States.

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.

Gary Liss

Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2007 14:09:20 -0500 (EST)
From: mannyc@no.address
To: gaia-members@no.address,

Urgent: Please take action for the immediate and unconditional release of
colleagues and friends Gigie, Neil, Shibu, Yuyun and Roni from the
Indonesian police department where they are being detained after taking
part in a local protest against incineration and for climate justice.
Please demand that their human rights are fully restored and that they are
permitted to travel to Bali.  The details are below:

Dear Friends,

We write to request GAIA members and friends across the globe to seek the
immediate and unconditional release of the following GAIA activists who
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) Plant,

(please see their brief profiles below)

Gigie, Neil and Shibu arrived in Indonesia last Saturday, 1 December, to
campaign for "Zero Waste for Zero Warming" at the UN Framework on Climate
Change Conference that will take place in Bali on 3-14 December.
Balifokus, Jala-Sampah (Garbage Network) and GAIA are planning to convene
a civil society forum tomorrow on waste and climate.

Before heading to Bali, Gigie, Neil and Shibu traveled first to Bandung
City to take part in a community people's assembly against a proposed
incinerator. This event was organized by several environmental groups
campaigning for climate justice.  The activity, which drew the warm
support of over 2,000 people, also formed part of the GAIA Global Day of
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 solidarity
with the local campaign against incineration and for environmental health
and justice.  They did not attack the Indonesian government in their
statements before the assembly. After their well-applauded speeches, the
police accosted them, together with our Indonesian colleagues Yuyun and
Roni, and brought them to the police station where they underwent lengthy
interrogation. The police also seized their passports. All of them are
currently detained in a police station in Jalan Jaya (or Jaya Street) in

There are no formal charges yet against Gigie, Neil and Shibu, but there
is an expressed threat of deportation if our Indonesian friends do not
succeed in persuading the authorities to set them free and let them fly to
Bali for the UNFCC events.  We are unaware of the charges against Yuyun
and Roni, both of whom are Indonesian citizens.

TAKE ACTION:  We call on you to please register your concern and appeal
for the immediate and unconditional release of Gigie, Neil, Shibu, Yuyun
and Roni, so that their human rights are fully restored and that they are
permitted to travel to Bali.

1.  Please CALL/FAX the Indonesian  Embassy / Consulate in your city.
2.  Please CALL/FAX the Bandung Police Department (+6222-4204666, foreign
affairs unit) and the Bandung Immigration Department (+6222-7275294).
3. Please E-MAIL Mr. Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary, UNFCC Secretariat

Terima kasih banyak-banyak (Thank you very much) for your immediate response.

Sincerely yours,

Manny C. Calonzo
GAIA Secretariat
Unit 330, Eagle Court, Quezon City, Philippines
TelFax: +632-4364733
E-Mail: mannyc@no.address

1.  Gigie Cruz, our assistant coordinator, has been working with GAIA
since 2001 in various capacities, including membership, campaign and
information support.  Her most recent task was to coordinate last week's
Global Day of Action against Waste and Incineration.

2.  Neil Tangri is one of GAIA's esteemed founders.  He wrote the GAIA
report "Waste Incineration: A Dying Technology." He recently rejoined GAIA
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 who
went to California for GAIA's first Zero Waste fellowship.  He works
closely with Jayan, a GAIA Steering Committee member from India.  Shibu
was part of the Thanal team who hosted the Waste Not Asia Meeting held in
January 2007 in Trivandrum, Kerala

4.  Yuyun Ismawati is Executive Director of Balifokus and a GAIA member
for many years.  She attended the GAIA Global Meeting in Spain in
September 2007, where she played a very active role in the members'
deliberation on the funding of waste disposal technologies under the CDM
of the Kyoto Protocol.  Yuyun sits in the national advisory committee on

5.  Roni Tabroni is from the People's Alliance against WTE Plant, one of
the groups formed to question and resist a planned WTE facility in

Gary Liss
Gary Liss & Associates
4395 Gold Trail Way
Loomis, CA  95650-8929
Fax: 916-652-0485

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