SMM: according to foreign news on July 10, a group of activists and local officials submitted an application to the Constitutional Court on Friday for judicial review of Indonesia's mining law on the grounds that there was an error in the process before the law was approved by Parliament in May this year.
Representatives of the group said they believed the bill violated a number of legislative provisions. Members of the group include the governor of (Bangka Belitung), Indonesia's main tin mining region, Gbarnga-Belitong province.
Indonesia is an important global exporter of thermal coal, tin, nickel and copper. The country is trying to stimulate investment in the country's mining sector by passing a new mining law, eliminating red tape and simplifying regulatory processes.
Ahmad Redi, a lawyer representing the group, said: "judicial review is required because the public, local governments and state-owned holding companies are not involved in the consideration of the bill." "this clearly violates the principle of transparency and openness in the legislative process," Redi said in a statement.
Fajar Laksono, a spokesman for the Constitutional Court, said the court had received a request to check whether it met the requirements before it could consider scheduling a hearing. Marwan Batubara, one of the plaintiffs, told reporters that the group also plans to submit a second request for judicial review, which will focus on legal content.
The new mining law allows miners to extend mining permits and seek to expand the scope of mining, which can exceed previous legal limits. The changes in these legal provisions have aroused opposition from transparency watchdogs and human rights groups, as well as the environmental impact of the expansion of mining and the regulatory problems brought about by the transfer of power from local governments to capital.
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