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Jakarta Post

Residents to sue govt over air pollution

  • Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 4 2019   /  12:38 am

Fed up with being choked by polluted air in Jakarta, 57 people have joined forces to sue the government over poor air quality in the capital. Grouped under the Capital Advocacy Team and represented by the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta), the residents are set to file a citizen lawsuit against the government to the Central Jakarta District Court.LBH Jakarta lawyer Ayu Eza Tiara said the lawsuit would be addressed to the President, the environment and forestry minister and the governors of Jakarta, Banten and West Java provinces. They plan to submit the lawsuit on June 18.“Of the 57 plaintiff candidates, 20 are environmentalists who were already involved when the [citizen lawsuit] was planned and 37 are civilians of various backgrounds,” Ayu said on Sunday.The 37 people include students, teachers, employees of private companies, businesspeople, lawyers, researchers, civil ser...