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Jakarta Post

Doing nothing for air pollution violates human rights, Komnas HAM says

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 4, 2019   /  04:16 pm
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Smog blankets Jakarta’s skyscrapers on Aug.19. Air pollution in the city is among the worst in the world.(JP/Donny Fernando)

The government has violated human rights, as it is seemingly not taking the plummeting air quality in Jakarta and other regions seriously, the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has assessed. Komnas HAM’s planning, internal monitoring and partnership bureau head, Esrom Hamonangan, said human rights violations included negligence that led to rights deprivation. “You name it; the severe air pollution in the capital, the haze-belching fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan,” he said in a discussion with the Committee for the Phasing Out of Leaded Fuel (KPBB)  on Thursday. “While in fact, the law states that every citizen has the right to live in a clean and healthy environment.” Article 9 of the Human Rights Law says  “Everyone has the right to an adequate and healthy environment.”  While according ...