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Govt blamed for deaths in former coal mining sites

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 28 2016   /  09:18 am

The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has decried the government’s “protracted inaction” in dealing with 25 deaths at depleted coal mine pits in East Kalimantan that took place between 2011 and 2016.

Komnas HAM commissioner Roichatul Aswidah said Monday the government had neglected its foremost obligation to monitor mining activities in three regions in the province, including Kutai Kartanegara, North Penajam Paser and Samarinda.

Roichatul said both the central government and local administrations had turned a blind eye to those cases involving negligence by companies in restoring unused sites after 30 days without any mining activities, as stipulated in a 2010 governmental decree on reclamation and post-mining activity.

“The government is obliged to monitor their activities. As the party responsible for granting mining permits to companies, th...