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Indonesian farmers take legal action against president over haze

Published on Sep 11, 2013 6:55 PM
 
A newly-built road leads to a protected peatland forest which is covered by haze and partly burned by massive forest fire in the district of Pelalawan, Riau province on Sumatra island on June 29, 2013. Indonesian farmers in a province at the centre of Southeast Asia's worst smog outbreak for years have filed a lawsuit against the president in response to the haze crisis, activists said on Wednesday, Sept 11, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesian farmers in a province at the centre of Southeast Asia's worst smog outbreak for years have filed a lawsuit against the president in response to the haze crisis, activists said on Wednesday.

Environmental groups on Tuesday filed the class-action lawsuit at the Jakarta High Court on behalf of farmers from five villages in Riau province on Sumatra island.

They argue President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has not done enough to curb activities, such as slash-and-burn land clearance and logging, that lead to climate change, and their lives are being deeply affected.

In June, raging fires set to clear land in Riau cloaked the province and neighbouring Malaysia and Singapore in smog, with the haze hitting the worst levels for more than a decade.

 
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