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Indonesia: Japanese & intl. NGOs call for halt to construction of coal plant, citing lack of local consent

batang indonesia community protest credit Ardiles Rante  Greenpeace

Despite not having the consent of the local residents, at the beginning of April 2015, construction work commenced at the proposed project site of the “Batan coal-fired power plant project in Central Java, Indonesia”, a large scale development project invested in by several Japanese companies, and with potential financing from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). ... Ongoing and strong concerns regarding a loss of livelihoods, such as farming and fishing, and health impacts from pollution, have been raised persistently by local communities, and the project has been unable to proceed for three years. During this period, community leaders opposed to the project and landowners refusing to sell their land in the proposed project site have been subject to repeated human rights violations, such as intimidation, violence, and arbitrary arrest and detention at the hands of the army, the police, and other actors.

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Company response
13 October 2017

Itochu responded in October 2017

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre asked Itochu for a response to 'Indonesia: Japanese and international NGOs call for halt to construction of coal plant in Batang, citing lack of local consent' in June 2015. Itochu provided a response in October 2017. The response is in both English and Japanese. 

'... BPI is committed to understanding and respecting the opinions, needs, requirements, and human rights of relevant stakeholders when conducting business activities, including during the planning and implementation of the Project. BPI has been engaging with local communities consistently to share information about the Project, and continues to engage with relevant stakeholders. In addition to ongoing stakeholder engagement, BPI is committed to mitigating any environmental or social impacts that may have occurred, or could occur as a result of the Project’s operations. 

When investing in new business projects, ITOCHU must assess CSR and environmental risks. At this time, ITOCHU assesses whether there is the possibility of significant adverse social or environmental impacts, legal, and the risk of litigation by concerned parties. ITOCHU uses its shareholder influence and expertise working across various portfolios to work with the investee wherever possible to implement improvements when any issues (eg. CSR, environmental) occur after the investment.'

 

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Company non-response
19 June 2015

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ did not respond

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19 June 2015

Indonesia: Japanese and international NGOs call for halt to construction of coal plant in Batang, citing lack of local consent

Author: Friends of the Earth Japan, Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES) Kiko Network Network for Indonesian Democracy, Japan (NINDJA)

Despite not having the consent of the local residents, at the beginning of April 2015, construction work commenced at the proposed project site of the “Batan coal-fired power plant project in Central Java, Indonesia”, a large scale development project invested in by several Japanese companies, and with potential financing from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). The Indonesian army has reportedly moved heavy equipment into the area and started clearing and embanking works in the middle of farmland, causing an extremely tense situation. ...  Ongoing and strong concerns regarding a loss of livelihoods, such as farming and fishing, and health impacts from pollution, have been raised persistently by local communities, and the project has been unable to proceed for three years. During this period, community leaders opposed to the project and landowners refusing to sell their land in the proposed project site have been subject to repeated human rights violations, such as intimidation, violence, and arbitrary arrest and detention at the hands of the army, the police, and other actors. Despite these human rights violations, the landowners who own approximately 10 percent of the proposed project site are still refusing to sell their land. On April 9, 2015, local residents opposed to the project submitted a letter to JBIC, reaffirming their “determination never to accept a coal fired power plant in (their) community” and calling on JBIC “not to finance this project.”

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Company non-response
19 June 2015

J-Power did not respond

Company non-response
19 June 2015

Mizuho Bank did not respond

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Author: 三井住友銀行

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三井住友銀行 経営企画部CSR 室

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Author: 国際環境NGO FoE Japan、 インドネシア民主化支援ネットワーク(NINDJA)、「環境・持続社会」研究センター(JACSES)、 気候ネットワーク

日本企業がすでに出資を決め、現在、国際協力銀行(JBIC)が融資を検討中の「インドネシア・中ジャワ州バタン石炭火力発電事業」の建設予定地で、住民が土地売却/収用に合意していないにもかかわらず、今年4月上旬から工事が強行されています。… 同事業はこれまで、農業・漁業など生計手段の喪失、また、公害による健康への影響等を懸念する住民が根強い反対運動を続けており、3年間着工が遅れてきました。反対する住民のリーダーや事業予定地内の土地売却を拒む地権者らに対し、インドネシア国軍・警察等による脅迫、暴力行為、あるいは、不当逮捕・拘禁など、さまざまな人権侵害が繰り返されてきましたが、今日まで、事業予定地内の約10%の土地を所有する地権者らが、依然として土地売却を拒否しています。また、今年4月9日には、同事業に反対する地元住民らからJBICに対し、「同石炭火力発電所の建設を決して受け入れない」ことを表明し、「JBICが同事業に融資しないよう」要請するレターも提出されていました。

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