Young Indonesian men sent to a 'drug rehabilitation' centre were subjected to violence and forced to work in an oil palm plantation. Two died from injuries sustained at the site, reports The Gecko Project.
Research finds that financial institutions in the region are largely silent on conflicts over land rights. Most do not consider, in their lending and investment practices, whether women farm workers are treated unequally or if general labour conditions are fair.
As the Asian Development Bank embarks on a review of its policies on labourers and communities affected by its projects, advocates score its existing one for lack of public consultation and binding mechanisms.