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Omnibus law ‘may sacrifice’ human rights, environment

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Jakarta   /   Wed, January 29, 2020   /  07:57 pm
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Workers march on the street in front of the House of Representatives building in Central Jakarta to protest the omnibus bill on job creation on Jan. 13.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

The omnibus bill on job creation could embolden the government in its sense of impunity and require more sacrifices from the public for the sake of investments, according to the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras). “We see the omnibus bill as made solely for businesses to expand their investments, but it ignores the public. It may have detrimental effects on the environment and human rights,” said Kontras research division head Rivanlee Anandar during a press conference on Monday. The group lambasted the bill, which they claimed was drawn up without public participation. “If the government wants to boost investment they should also consider the people who are affected by the investments. What we see is a proposal to eliminate procedures like the environmental impact analysis (Amdal),” the head of the group’s human rights...