Leonardo DiCaprio Could Be Blacklisted From Indonesia Over Palm Oil Comments

By Jack Phillips, Epoch Times
April 4, 2016 3:14 pm Last Updated: April 4, 2016 5:26 pm

Leonardo DiCaprio might not be able to travel back to Indonesia after he made critical statements about the country’s palm oil industry.

The 41-year-old Academy Award winner visited Mount Leuser National Park in northern Sumatra and posted Instagram photos.

 

The lowland #rainforest of the Leuser Ecosystem are considered the world’s best remaining habitat for the critically endangered Sumatran #elephant. In these forests, ancient elephant migratory paths are still used by some of the last #wild herds of Sumatran elephants. But the expansion of Palm Oil plantations is fragmenting the #forest and cutting off key elephant migratory corridors, making it more difficult for elephant families to find adequate sources of food and water. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is supporting local partners to establish a mega-fauna sanctuary in the Leuser Ecosystem, last place on Earth where Sumatran orangutans, tigers, rhinos and elephants coexist in the wild. Click the link in the bio to stand with @haka_sumatra as they fight to protect the Leuser Ecosystem. #SaveLeuserEcosystem #Indonesia

A photo posted by Leonardo DiCaprio (@leonardodicaprio) on

He captioned one the pictures: “Its forests are home to the densest remaining populations of the critically endangered Sumatran #orangutan. But Palm Oil expansion is destroying this unique place.”

If we don’t stop this rampant destruction, the Leuser Ecosystem and the Sumatran orangutans that call it home could be lost forever.
— Leonardo DiCaprio, actor

“Here, at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme’s Orangutan Quarantine Center, rescued orangutans are rehabilitated so they can be released back into the wild. If we don’t stop this rampant destruction, the Leuser Ecosystem and the Sumatran orangutans that call it home could be lost forever. Click the link in the bio to support this important work,” he added.

Heru Santoso, spokesman for the directorate general for immigration at Indonesia’s law and human rights ministry, said that his recent visit could get him barred from the country.

“We support his concern to save the Leuser ecosystem,” said Santoso, per the Guardian. “But we can blacklist him from returning to Indonesia at any time if he keeps posting incitement or provocative statements in his social media.”

Last week, Indonesian immigration director-general Ronny Sompie threatened to deport DiCaprio.

A different government minister praised him for highlighting Sumatran animals, including tigers, orangutans, and elephants.

DiCaprio’s concerns are both sincere and substantial, and he has certainly acted in good faith.
— Siti Nurbaya, Minister, Environment and Forestry

“My view is that DiCaprio’s concerns are both sincere and substantial, and he has certainly acted in good faith,” Siti Nurbaya, Indonesia’s head of environment and forestry, told foresthints.news. “In fact, we largely share his concerns on this matter.”

Nurbaya denied the reports saying Indonesia will deny him entry into the country.

The spokesperson for the director-general of the immigration department told the BBC: ”In terms of [his] visa and immigration permit, Leonardo DiCaprio did not do anything wrong: He entered and left Indonesia legally. But, we still investigate.”