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AICHR calls for haze treaty enforcement

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 15 2019   /  02:18 am
Barely visible: Schoolchildren make their way to school as haze from forest fires blankets Palembang, South Sumatra, on Monday. Forest fires raging in Indonesia have sent air quality levels across Southeast Asia plummeting as they belch out emissions that aggravate global warming. (AFP/Abdul Qodir)(AFP/Abdul Qodir)

Barely visible: Schoolchildren make their way to school as haze from forest fires blankets Palembang, South Sumatra, on Monday. Forest fires raging in Indonesia have sent air quality levels across Southeast Asia plummeting as they belch out emissions that aggravate global warming. (AFP/Abdul Qodir)Four representatives of ASEAN’s human rights body are calling for the full and effective implementation of a 2002 regional treaty on transboundary haze, which is pushing Indonesia into a corner over its “contributions” to the worsening air quality in Southeast Asia.Representatives of Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand serving on the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) issued a joint statement calling for member states to recognize that transboundary haze is a long-term and regional issue, which must be taken seriously to prevent further harm."It is clear that...