Indonesian court finds president negligent over pollution | World news
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – An Indonesian court ruled on Thursday that President Joko Widodo and six other senior officials neglected to respect citizens’ rights to clean air and ordered them to improve poor air quality in the capital.
The Jakarta Central District Court panel voted 3-0 in favor of the group of 32 residents who filed a complaint in July 2019 against Widodo and his three ministers of the interior, health and environment, as well as the governors of Jakarta, Banten and West Java, in the search for a healthy living environment in the city.
Presiding Judge Saifuddin Zuhri said the seven officials must take serious action to ensure people’s rights to health in Jakarta by strengthening regulations on air quality and to protect human health, the environment and people. ecosystems, based on science and technology.
The plaintiffs, who include activists, public figures, motorcycle taxi drivers and people suffering from pollution-related illnesses, were not asking for financial compensation, but instead demanded stricter monitoring and penalties for polluters.
Jakarta has 10 million people and three times that number lives in its greater metropolitan area.
Prone to flooding and rapid shipwreck due to uncontrolled extraction of groundwater, Jakarta is the archetype of the Asian megalopolis. It creaks under the weight of its dysfunctions, causing massive pollution of rivers and contaminating the water tables that supply the city. Congestion is estimated to cost the economy $ 6.5 billion annually.
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