[Joint Press Release] Civil Society Coalition Rejects Inconsequential Licensing

CIVIL SOCIETY PREPARING LEGAL STEPS ON PP OSS

Jakarta, 12th of August 12 2019 – A number of civil society organisations engaged in environmental and natural resource conservation issues as well as several individual petitioners are currently preparing legal steps against Government Regulation Number 24 of 2018 concerning Online Integrated Investment Licensing or better known as PP OSS (online single submission). Although PP OSS has a goal to accelerate investment and simplify the bureaucracy of issuing permits, this PP also has a big problem by removing the importance of environmental protection.

 

By regulating licenses based on commitment, this PP OSS has clearly eliminated the importance of the EIA substance. The EIA was then placed only as an administrative document that was fulfilled after the permit was issued. This is certainly contrary to Law Number 32 of 2009 concerning Environmental Protection and Management (Law 32/2009) which places EIA as a condition before the issuance of environmental permits and business licenses. The inconsequential logic of licensing in PP OSS not only violates Law 32/2009, but also violates several other laws and regulations.

 

Responding to this problem, the “Civil Society Coalition Rejects Inconsequential Licensing” asks the President of the Republic of Indonesia to:

 

  1. Immediately revise PP OSS especially in the aspect of licensing that has the potential to damage the environment;
  2. Immediately instruct all ministries and agencies to carry out the process of issuing permits based on laws that were in force before PP OSS. This implementation was carried out immediately before the OSS PP was revised; and
  3. Restoring the rights of citizens who have been deprived due to the enactment of PP OSS.

 

If the three points above are not immediately responded by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, the coalition will use constitutional rights to take legal steps against PP OSS. This legal step is needed to prevent the wider and serious impact of the implementation of PP OSS.

 

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Civil Society Coalition Rejects Inconsequential Licensing: ICEL, WALHI Eknas, YLBHI, Sawit Watch, WALHI DKI Jakarta, Women’s Solidarity, KNTI, Kaoem Telapak, JATAM Kaltim, BEM UI and BEM FH UI.

 

Contact person:

Raynaldo Sembiring (ICEL, + 62 813 7667 01670)

Boy J.E. Sembiring (Walhi Eknas, +62 852 7189 7255)