Wednesday, June 24, 2015
ELSAM, Jakarta – Coal mining has a bad and detrimental impact to all aspects of life. In addition to air pollution from burning coal in power plants, coal mines often lead to social unrest between communities and mining as well as power plant companies. Various damages allegedly caused poverty for the population around mining industry.
To that end, several civil society organization, such as Walhi, Greenpeace, Jatam, PIL-Net, YLBH and ICEL held a training for civil society organization to provide legal assistance on the matter of coal mining. A training with a topic “Training of Legal Strategy against Mining Company and Power Plant” was held in Jakarta on June 22-25, 2015. 27 legal representations attend this training so that lawyers and legal representations of society understand the ins and outs of coal mining and power plant and the potential law violation that happened.
According to researcher of Mining Advocacy Network (JATAM) Hendrik Siregar, mining is a perfect crime. In addition to causing pollution, ecosystem destruction and deforestation, according to him mining is also raising human rights violation such as land grabbing and intimidation by police officers. Another problem, he added, mining also feeds corruption.
“…Mining is also a corruption opportunity for a number of people, both corruption related to the licensing and tax evasion committed by the company,” he said as a guest speaker in that training.
In line with Hendrik, former chairman of Corruption Eradication Commission Bambang Widjojanto also said that mining has an enormous potential for corruption, To that, he added, we need a deep knowledge about mining and coal and consider legal strategies and efforts carefully.
“Besides, it takes a support of public participation in efforts to eradicate coal mafia,” he added.
All this time society seems powerless on dealing with coal mining company despite their environment and public property have been destroyed. It is because legal representation is still weak and lack of legal enforcement against violations committed by coal mining company and power plant. In fact, the state should have guaranteed the right of citizens to obtain a good and healthy environment and the right to feel secure and protected against the threat to their property, in accordance with Art. G and H 1945 Constitution of Republic of Indonesia. 
Author: Andi Muttaqien
Editor: Ari Yurino