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Rights body identifies violations in Sidoarjo disaster areas

  • Erwida Maulia

    THE JAKARTA POST

JAKARTA   /   Thu, February 26 2009   /  10:13 am

The National Commission on Human Rights says the displacement of thousands of mudflow victims from their homes in the East Java town of Sidoarjo could be classified as a human rights violation.   The commission said based on the team’s findings, it was highly unlikely the incident was a natural phenomenon, but was instead caused by PT Lapindo Brantas Inc., a mining company owned by the family of Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare Aburizal Bakrie. Commission deputy head Hesti Amirwulan told a press conference Wednesday that essentially the mining company should be held responsible for the devastating consequences of the mudflow disaster. Besides displacing around 13,000 families from their homes, the mudflow also led to an explosion at a gas pipeline belonging to state-oil firm PT Pertamina, which killed 14 people. “There were deaths and injuries, an...