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15 Nov 2016


Parents who say Indonesia’s haze killed their children testify in citizen suit

The father of a little girl who died during Indonesia’s 2015 fire and haze crisis testified…as part of a legal challenge to the police’s closing of cases against 15 companies alleged to be complicit in the burning.

The man, Mukhlis, recalled how his daughter had had to be treated with oxygen therapy and then a defibrillator after a mild cough worsened to the point where she was hacking up a yellowish-black liquid. Muhanum Anggriawati passed away in the hospital after a week on a breathing machine, her lungs full of mucus…

…The fires are a result of slash-and-burn practices by farmers and companies looking to clear land cheaply…

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called for an end to the lax law enforcement that has characterized past haze oubreaks. But the news out of Riau in July that the police had quietly released SP3 notices related to 15 firms the environment ministry had listed in connection with the burning prompted outrage nationally…