Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Jokowi, Anies Baswedan Face Civil Lawsuit over Air Pollution

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The city’s environmental movement IBU KOTA officially filed a civil lawsuit to the Central Jakarta District Court on Thursday, July 4th. The group’s lawsuit filed under 374/Pdt.G/LH/2019/PNJkt.pst. demands better air quality in Jakarta.

    IBU KOTA’s civil lawsuit addresses the Indonesian President Jokowi, Environmental and Forestry Minister, Health Minister, Home Affairs Minister, and Governors of the capital, West Java, and Banten.

    Jakarta Legal Aid (LBH Jakarta) public attorney Ayu Eza Tiara said that the Jakarta residents demand the President addressed in the civil lawsuit to revise regulation No.41/1999 on air pollution control and tighten the national ambient air quality standards that could sufficiently protect the health of its people, environment, and ecosystem.

    The 31 residents behind the lawsuit claim to have incurred loss as a result of a defendant's action. One detail mentioned in it urges Governor Anies Baswedan to monitor vehicular emissions and strictly hold periodic emissions test for vehicles registered within the capital.

    "And to also enforce the ban on open-space trash-burning which has become one of the causes of pollution,” Eza explained.

    The civil lawsuit mainly demands better governance and law enforcement upon tackling issues regarding air pollution.

    M YUSUF MANURUNG

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