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Jakarta Post

Sluggish police, judicial reforms hurt Indonesian forests

  • Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 6 2016   /  08:02 am

Law enforcers have become stumbling blocks in the effort to stop forest fires as they are impeding attempts to bring allegedly responsible companies to court.

Following the termination of investigations (SP3) into 15 plantation companies for alleged land burning in Riau last year, the Riau Police have repeatedly refused to make the SP3 documents available to the public.

The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) and the Riau Forest Rescue Network (Jikalahari), both members of a coalition of NGOs formed to fight a perceived criminal conspiracy involving forest fires, have twice asked the Riau Police to give them the SP3 documents after the terminations triggered a public uproar.

The SP3 on the cases was issued in January, but they were only revealed in July when environmental activists visited the Riau Police headquarters seeking an update on...