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Jakarta Post

Jakarta air pollution lawsuit still in limbo after year of proceedings

  • Budi Sutrisno


Jakarta   /   Wed, July 8 2020   /  01:00 am
Thick smog blankets the high rise buildings in Jakarta's business district of Jl. Sudirman area on Oct. 9, 2019.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Activists have criticized the slow process of a Jakarta air pollution lawsuit, which remains unresolved a year after it was first filed on July 4, 2019. The lawsuit, directed at seven state officials, initially received a positive response from the Jakarta administration. However, no agreement has been reached even after five mediation meetings inside the courtroom and two outside the courtroom. The activists, grouped under the Coalition for the Clean Air Initiative, urged the government officials to show “a serious attitude” in guaranteeing the right to healthy living. One of the plaintiffs, Khalisah, argued that the government’s handling of air pollution under Government Regulation (PP) No. 41/1999 on air pollution control was outdated and did not meet current standards. “The provisions in the PP are far below the quality standards set by the World H...